set for police by Highbridge's residents
in Highbridge have this week chosen tackling anti-social behaviour
and drug dealing as the two top priorities for police in the town.
of residents attended the latest quarterly
Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting on
Thursday evening (July 22nd) in the St John Ambulance Hall
in Bank Street Car Park where they were given a chance to influence
what issues are tackled in the area.
Adrian Jones and Sgt Ian Kennett gave updates on the police's
progress in tackling the priorities set at the previous meeting
- vandalism and drugs misuse - and explained how several arrests
had been made in the town following successful drugs raids in
the beginning of June a warrant was executed in Market Street
with a negative result. On June 9th a warrant was conducted in
Bishops Place, Highbridge and a male was arrested following the
seizure of some tablets which have been sent off for analysis.
He remains on bail.
Following the recovery of a stolen laptop, an address was searched
in Church Street and a cannabis cultivation set up with three
fully grown plants found seized. The offender is due in Court
on 16th July for two drug offences and two burglary offences.
During early July, a male was arrested for possession of cannabis
following a warrant at his address in Church Street. His court
date is due for July 29th. There was also a successful warrant
conducted in Market Street at the beginning of July which resulted
in two males being arrested and charged with possession of a Class
B drug. Police also seized and destroyed £3,000 of equipment
which could be used to grow cannabis.
Six new Neighbourhood Watch coordinators have been found for areas
surrounding the Morland Estate and are now in the process of starting
their new scheme.
was also reported at the meeting that action has been taken against
youths carrying out criminal damage in the town. Graffiti has
been removed by Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team.
voted on which issues should be tackled as the top priorities
for the coming quarter, with anti-social behaviour in Market Street,
Apex Park and Southwell Gardens plus drug dealing receiving the
issues mentioned were dog fouling, speeding in Church Street,
parking problems, cold calling and the late night economy.
PACT meeting will be held next Wednesday (28th July) at 7pm in
The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road.
photo shows Constable Adrian Jones and PCSO Claire Chambers with
PACT Chairman Jason Adams at Thursday's meeting