Police meet with district councillors to discuss residents’ concerns

PUBLISHED: 10:07 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 08 March 2017

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A meeting to discuss residents’ concerns about policing in Uttlesford was held between district councillors, officers, and the Essex deputy police and crime commissioner (PCC) last week.

Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason, officers from the Uttlesford and Braintree district, deputy PCC Jane Gardner and Uttlesford District Council (UDC) leader Howard Rolfe and Dunmow South and Barnston district councillor Vic Ranger were among those in attendance.

The meeting, which was described as “positive”, took place on Thursday, March 2, to discuss residents’ concerns about crime and police visibility in the district.

Essex Police says in response to concerns about hare coursing, an ongoing county-wide operation is tackling offenders and associated problems including criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

The force said it undertook an anti-drugs operation in Saffron Walden last month, which resulted in five people being arrested, as well as an operation on the district’s roads, with six vehicles being seized because the drivers were uninsured.

A further operation will be carried out on Saturday, March 11, with British Transport Police to patrol around train stations in Uttlesford.

There will also be events in Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Dunmow, Felsted, Hatfield Heath, Newport and Clavering, where members of the public can speak with officers and specials to talk about their concerns, and find out more about becoming a special constable.

Inspector Mick Couldridge, community policing team inspector for Uttlesford and Braintree district, said: “Uttlesford is a district with low crime in a safe county but we take all crimes seriously and we understand how important it is for us to have a reassuring visible presence in local communities.

“We have been targeting our resources and working with our partners to tackle emerging crime trends, crime hotspots and local issues.

“We have also sought to maintain a visible presence at the heart of community. In April last year we opened a front counter at Uttlesford District Council’s London Road headquarters, giving people easy and convenient access to us five days a week and we will be relocating our operational base to Lodge House, a self-contained building within the same grounds.

“We rely on information from the public and urge people to contact us if they have any concerns, or to come and see us at any of community engagement events.”

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