October 25, 2010
enforcement no longer a top police priority in Highbridge
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.
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.
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 Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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