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Report suspicious activity in Sawbridgeworth to us, not on Facebook, say police

Police are urging people in Sawbridgeworth wanting to report suspicious activity to contact them directly, rather than using social media.

Sawbridgeworth might not have a police station any more, but it does have an active police presence with three officers assigned to the town who conduct regular patrols.

From an office in the town council – which is not open to the public – as well as the Basbow Lane, Bishop’s Stortford police station, officers are taking calls and monitoring emails, but not checking Facebook.

“What does come up a lot in Sawbridgeworth is people putting things up on social media and thinking that’s reporting it,” said PC Shelly Marshall. “They should be contacting the police.”

Around 25 people attended a drop-in surgery earlier this month ahead of a neighbourhood policing forum on Tuesday (June 25) that will help set priorities for the next three months. The majoritycomplained about anti-social behaviour such as children riding bikes the wrong way along Bell Street and groups of youths congregating in the church yard and smoking cannabis.

The results are similar to a survey run through the OWL Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which attracted 54 responses. In both cases, respondents also said they would like to see a more visible police presence in town.

Outside of anti-social behaviour, which is mostly committed by locals, 90% of crime in Sawbridgeworth is committed by people from outside the area. In line with national trends, burglaries are down, with four incidents reported in the past three months.

Activities such as vehicle theft are on the up, as is theft of scrap metal due to rising prices.

The Sawbridgeworth team includes PC Marshall, PCSO Amanda Higham – tweeting as @SawboPolice – and PCSO Paul Weston. You can email PC Marshall at shelly.marshall@herts.pnn.police.uk.

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