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Police pledge crackdown on vandals

PUBLISHED: 16:45 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 July 2010

POLICE have vowed to crackdown on rowdy youths loitering in Gorleston's Magdalen Square - swearing at residents and causing criminal damage.

Tackling anti-social-behaviour in and around the Magdalen Estate is the main priority for the areas Safer Neighbourhood Team after residents raised concerns at the teams latest KIN meeting (Key individual Network).

POLICE have vowed to crackdown on rowdy youths loitering in Gorleston's Magdalen Square - swearing at residents and causing criminal damage.

Tackling anti-social-behaviour in and around the Magdalen Estate is the main priority for the areas Safer Neighbourhood Team after residents raised concerns at the teams latest KIN meeting (Key individual Network).

Officers will be working with local shops in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night which historically has suffered problems with criminal damage and egg throwing on those occasions.

The SNT is also going to be targeting nuisance drivers at the James Paget University Hospital following complaints from staff and the public that drivers have been speeding in the car park.

Local residents were briefed on how police had dealt with previous priorities during the meeting at the Cap and Gown pub last Thursday .

While underage drinking on the estate continues to be a problem police said they had not received any complaints about adults being harassed by youths asking them to buy alcohol on their behalf.

Residents have completed anti-social behaviour logs and police have handed out a number of anti-social behaviour contracts, which are being upheld. Police said where some youths had been identified they had later discovered parents were supplying alcohol.

High visibility patrols are being maintained and officers are also using body cameras to record incidents.

Police said they would continue with regular patrols on the playing field in order to tackle anti-social behaviour. Officers have been working to have a mural painted on the club house, which has been the target of graffiti in the past. Most of the graffiti has been removed and work on the mural should start soon.

Over the last couple of months dangerous parking on the estate has improved and police have issued tickets and warnings to drivers.

The next meeting ison November 27.

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