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

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

Action taken

There have been no calls to Police in July reporting the anti-social use of cars in the Gorge.

Actioned 1 August, 2017