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Police to prioritise drug use, anti-social behaviour, e-scooters and motoring offences in Stortford and Sawbridgeworth

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Tackling drug crime and dangerous driving are new year priorities for police in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.

The law and order targets for the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) across East Herts have been set following feedback from the community.

Contributions from the public via the force’s Echo platform and priority setting forums (PSFs) – made up of police officers, council representatives and members of the local education and business communities – have shaped where Hertfordshire Constabulary should concentrate efforts over the next three months.

Insp Mark Collins is head of the police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for East Herts
Insp Mark Collins is head of the police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for East Herts

Inspector Mark Collins, who heads the SNTs in East Herts, said: “Feedback from members of the public in East Herts is vital to ensure policing resources are focusing on the issues that matter most to them. I want to thank everyone who has contacted us with their views and would encourage others to get involved in the next priority setting meeting.

“These are local priorities suggested by the local community; my officers are still out and about responding to any concerns and issues raised, supported by response teams and specialist units.

“You can follow the work of your officers on Twitter @EastHertsPolice, to see what action is being taken on a daily basis to help keep East Herts a safe place to live, work and visit.”

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In Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth the priorities are:

  • Reduce reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour in Cricketfield Lane and the Havers/Thorley Park bus lane in Elizabeth Road;
  • Restrict the use of, and educate riders of, e-scooters in Bishop’s Stortford;
  • Conduct speed checks in Thorley Street and Stansted Road; and
  • Reduce reports of speeding, parking issues and minor traffic offences (mobile phone use whilst driving and non-wearing of seat belts) in Sawbridgeworth.

In the East Herts Rural area, the focus is on:

  • Proactive patrols to deter rural crime, including hare coursing and poaching;
  • Reduce fly-tipping through high-visibility presence and proactive work with partner agencies; and
  • Work with schools and local authorities to educate drivers around the dangers of speeding and inconsiderate parking, taking enforcement action where appropriate.

Targets have also been set for policing in Hertford, Ware, Buntingford and Stanstead Abbotts as part of the East Herts policing plans.

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