10 YEARS AGO

PUBLISHED: 12:38 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

RESIDENTS in Melbourn were determined to have a blitz on crime. They came together alongside police, Neighbourhood Watch leaders and councillors to launch the Safer Melbourn Initiative. The move came because of concern over youth disorder and crimes again

RESIDENTS in Melbourn were determined to have a blitz on crime. They came together alongside police, Neighbourhood Watch leaders and councillors to launch the Safer Melbourn Initiative.

The move came because of concern over youth disorder and crimes against property.

David Wherrell, then a Neigbourhood Watch co-ordinator, said that about 20 residents volunteered to become core members of the initiative group.

He said they would be drawing up a scheme for the area which would include the need for facilities for youngsters and to give Neighbourhood Watch a higher profile. There were suggestions at Melbourn Parish Council that a drop-in centre for youngsters could be provided at the Scout hall in the village.

n Police were being urged to increase bobbies-on-the-street - but this was a "luxury".

So said North Herts police chief Supt Paul Dumpleton when he spoke at a policing meeting in Royston.

He said he recognised the need for bobbies-on-the-street. However, Supt Dumpleton said: "Walking is beginning to prove a luxury we can't afford."

He praised the work of special constables who were helping to police the area.

There was a call for the introduction of closed-circuit television cameras in Royston town centre.

Although the idea gained the support of Chief Insp Andy Wright, he said: "It's not a panacea for all ills but it is a valuable tool."

- Plans were unveiled for a multi-million pounds hotel and leisure facilities on the Heydon Grange estate.

The plans for the site at Flint Cross included a hotel, riding school and golf driving range.

- The Crow, Friday, July 26, 1996

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