Local policing priorities for Sedgemoor North East

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.

Priority

Op Sceptre Seven is a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

Nationally, there has been a 9% increase in offences involving knives or sharp objects which indicates a worrying trend.

There has also been an increase of 14% within Avon and Somerset in Home Office knife offences from 2014 – 2015.

As a result of this, the Avon and Somerset Constabulary is taking part in a co-ordinated joint Knife Crime Operation from Saturday 29th April to Sunday 7th May 2017 and will incorporate several tactics including Education, Targeted Patrols and Test Purchasing.
Avon and Somerset have taken part in the initiative in October 2016, whereby schools were educated around knife crime, and a test purchase operation took place targeting retailers. This new initiative will be based around educating the retailers, with a test purchase taking place afterwards. There will be directed patrols in the high knife crime areas to prevent and deter knife crime.

Priority

The Beat team have been made aware of two raves that have occurred at the top of Cheddar Gorge in recent weeks. Police have been in contact with the landowner to ensure the field is fully secured for future. The organisers have been dealt with by Police. Beat team will continue to monitor the location. If you have any information about upcoming Raves in Cheddar or across the force please call 101 with details.

Action taken

Cheddar Gorge was patrolled by Special Constables over the Bank holiday weekend. No reported raves took place.

Actioned 7 June, 2018

Priority

The beat team have received a number of concerns regarding parking and the safety of children around Cheddar 1st School.
Residents and parents have been reporting to the police and to school vehicles parked on yellow Zig Zag lines, across driveways, pedestrian crossings and on pavements.

As a result the beat team have enforced a new parking programme at the school which enables parents and residents to report all incidents of inconsiderate or dangerous driving. The local beat team will review compliant slips and deal with appropriately.

Since December 2017 the local beat team have sent 17 Warning letters to vehicle owners , one driver has received a second warning and is due to be visited by the local beat team in due course.

If you are aware of a vehicle persistently parking on Yellow Zig Zags, pavements, obstructing driveways or pedestrian crossing by Cheddar 1st School complaint slips can be collected from school reception.

Action taken

Since last update two vehicles have received warning letters from the local beat team.

Actioned 7 June, 2018

Priority

Ongoing issues of standards of driving within Cheddar village and Cheddar Gorge.

Action taken

Police have been in contact with several groups regarding pre-arranged car meets happening in and around Cheddar. These events have gone ahead with supervision from the beat team and no issues were reported. Police will continue to work with organisers of these events to ensure there is no disruption to local residents.

Actioned 8 May, 2018

Priority

The local beat team have started to see an increase in calls regarding anti-social driving in Cheddar village and the gorge.

Anti Social driving is where a vehicle or group of vehicle's are being used in a manner which is likely to cause members of the public harassment, alarm or distress. For example, loud music, excessive and unnecessary engine revving, wheels spinning, hand brake turns and drifting.

The local beat team are conducting proactive patrols on evenings and weekends to monitor the situation. If you witness a vehicle being used in this manner please call 101 or email the beat team with the registration, description of vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle was being used.

Action taken

3 vehicles have been issued with section 59 warnings.

Actioned 7 June, 2018

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