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Reassurance for Stansted residents as police tackle anti-social behaviour

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Essex Police has been reassuring Stansted residents that its officers are tackling anti-social behaviour.

According to UK Crime Stats, there were 18 such incidents in the village in May, up from 13 in April, and 84 offences overall, including 38 violent crimes.

The force fears the school summer holidays and lifting of coronavirus restrictions will exacerbate the problem.

During a special week of action, police officers and PCSOs (police community support officers) from the Uttlesford community policing team (CPT), together with environmental health and environmental protection officers from Uttlesford District Council, talked to residents and visitors about their concerns and gave information about Watch schemes they can join, how to report anti-social behaviour and what the council can do to help them.

Officers also visited householders in Stansted with Moat Homes staff and Birchanger's community special constable Martin Halls asked villagers about their issues and concerns.

The presence in Stansted was part of a week of action which included similar events in Great Dunmow, Thaxted and Saffron Walden. In all, the team engaged with around 200 people and security-marked more than 70 tools.

In Elsenham, officers advised motorists how to keep their keyless cars safe, while in the Thaxted area, officers visited 19 farmers and landowners to talk about the specific issues they face, particularly now during harvest.

Police and district council licensing officers visited licensed premises in Dunmow to talk about the town's PubWatch scheme.

Roads policing officers carried out speed checks in Dunmow, Leaden Roding, Newport and Thaxted, and Community Speed Watch members were also in action.

As a result, during the week 41 people were reported for speeding, 13 for driving without a seatbelt and one for driving while using a mobile phone. One motorist was reported for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, two for vehicle defects and one for having no MoT.

PC Kerry Rowson, Uttlesford CPT's community safety and engagement officer, said: "Anti-social behaviour can have devastating effects on those affected, so it's vital we all work together to support our local communities and tackle ongoing problems as a collective.

"Being part of the Community Safety Partnership means our community policing team works alongside partner agencies and with members of our communities to provide long-term solutions to anti-social behaviour."

Report incidents of anti-social behaviour at www.essex.police.uk.

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