Published: October 25, 2010
Drugs enforcement no longer a top police priority in Highbridge

Residents in Highbridge have this week chosen anti-social behaviour and illegal parking as the top two priorities for police to tackle over the next three months - the first time that drugs enforcement has not been on the list for two years.

During Highbridge's quarterly Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting, residents had their say about policing - but drug enforcement was not among residents' top concerns, pleasing officers following a string of recent high-profile drugs busts.

"There has been a decrease in intelligence reports in relation to drug-related activity over the past 3 months, due in part to there being less drugs in the town," Sgt Ian Kennett told the meeting.

Recent drugs warrants have been executed at Vardy Court, Morland Road, Alexander Court, Meadow View and Dunbar Close.

County Councillor John Woodman, who was among the local residents at the meeting, told "I am absolutely delighted that the residents do not feel drug enforcement needs to be on the priority list."

"This is evidence of a real step forward in tackling the problems. We know drug taking is still an issue, but there has been a improvement."

And Highbridge town and district councillor Cllr Joe Leach told "Drugs have been a long-running issue for the town, so it's good that the people of Highbridge now feel enough is being done for it not to be on the priority list."

Police pointed out that their continuing work on tackling remaining drugs-related crime will also be continuing alongside the focus on the other priorities.

Pictured above are some of the police, councillors and residents who attended this week's Highbridge PACT meeting

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