Police give listening ear in town face-to-face exercise

PUBLISHED: 16:47 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

Police and councillors on walkabout in the town centre to discuss crime prevention.
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Police and councillors on walkabout in the town centre to discuss crime prevention. 1806DW5

A POLICE initiative has taken place in Royston town centre in a bid to help cut crime and improve quality of life. The move was organised by Insp Geoff Camp, the community inspector for Royston, who was joined by North Herts district councillors, crime

A POLICE initiative has taken place in Royston town centre in a bid to help cut crime and improve quality of life.

The move was organised by Insp Geoff Camp, the community inspector for Royston, who was joined by North Herts district councillors, crime prevention officers, and community development officers.

Insp Camp said: "The aim of the exercise was to gauge the views of people who live and work in the town, in respect of the environment and whether any improvements or changes are considered necessary."

Before the exercise Insp Camp had sent a letter to shopowners and traders outlining the aims of the initiative, and asking them to highlight problems.

He said: "The exercise went well and was really useful. We visited a number of shops and businesses and spoke to people who raised some important issues.

"We know about 95 per cent of the concerns, but it is important to hear from the people who live and work in the town."

Insp Camp and Sgt Clive Reader were quick to add that there was no cause for public concern, and that it was simply an opportunity for people to talk face-to-face with the police.

Insp Camp said: "There is absolutely no suggestion that there is a problem in what is widely regarded as a safe and vibrant town centre. Most people said Royston was a great town with a great environment."

Sgt Reader said: "Royston continues to be a safe and pleasant place to live and work. The aim of the day was to further minimise crime and disorder in the town centre, and to maximise quality of life for residents and businesses alike."

PCSO Penny Tomsett said: "From such an exercise the community can see that we are not ignoring problems.

"People will be more aware that we are out there and working in conjunction with other partnerships to improve the town."

Issues raised on the day included trade, youths, vandalism, speeding, litter, and the expense and lack of parking.

It is believed that the team will be back later in the year to see whether improvements and solutions have been implemented.

Insp Camp added: "I would like to thank residents and business owners in Royston for their participation.

"We had some positive feedback and it should be stressed that people can continue to provide feedback directly to the appropriate authority via their councillors, NHDC, or police station.

"We will strive to address any areas of public concern and maintain a close relationship with the town."

n Anyone who was unable to express their views or raise concerns and would like to, should call Pc Colin Mingay or PCSOs Michelle Trussell and Penny Tomsett on 01462 425266.

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