Speeding and anti-social behaviour top of Heage policing agenda

PAGE 2'A West Yorkshire Police office on the beat at Leeds Market...9 October 2007. See Police performance league tables story. Picture: Simon Hulme '
PAGE 2'A West Yorkshire Police office on the beat at Leeds Market...9 October 2007. See Police performance league tables story. Picture: Simon Hulme '

New policing priorities have been set for Heage, Nether Heage and Ambergate following a community meeting with Safer Neighbourhood officers.

Derbyshire Constabulary said a number of local issues need to be focused on including speeding vehicles and anitsocial behaviour at the top of residents’ lists.

At the meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at Heage Community Centre, local residents also raised concerns of parking issues outside primary schols.

Sergeant Simon Street, PC Andrea Smith and PCSO Scott Hunt have now set this as their new policing priorities, with particular priority on speeding, and will be working to tackle the problems by carrying out speed checks and taking appropriate action against drivers found to be over the speed limit.

Patrols will be carried out at peak times around local schools to target any inconsiderate parking and officers will be working with school staff, parents and students to raise awareness of road safety and safe parking. They will also be encouraging youngsters to consider alternative ways of getting to and from school including cycling, walking and scooting.

During the meeting, residents also raised concerns about the possible increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) in recreational areas and public spaces during the summer months when the nights are lighter.

Officers are also vowing to deter a possible increase in anti-social behaviour in recreational areas and public spcaes in the summer months.

PC Andrea Smith said patrols will be increased in key areas and officers will be speaking to local young people to advise them on the issues of ASB and the concern it brings to the local community. They will be seizing alcohol from any underage drinkers and taking appropriate action against any found to be causing ASB or damage.

PC Smith added: “We are encouraging anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in the area to get in touch and let us know so we are able to deal with the issue promptly. Local residents who may have community concerns, or people who want to discuss our current priorities, can reach us by calling the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, 101.”

Residents can also follow @HeageSNT on Twitter to follow updates on local policing in the area