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Zero tolerance over anti-social youths

PUBLISHED: 12:20 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 July 2010

POLICE in Bradwell will continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards youths causing trouble in the village.

Gangs loitering around Kingfisher Close causing criminal damage have been the target of increased police patrols in the area for the last two months.

POLICE in Bradwell will continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards youths causing trouble in the village.

Gangs loitering around Kingfisher Close causing criminal damage have been the target of increased police patrols in the area for the last two months.

The pledge to rid the area of trouble was made at the local safer neighbourhood team's priority setting meeting where residents heard improvements had been made.

At a meeting last week at John Anderson Court, local people heard the team had been working with crime prevention officer PC Pat Bailey who had suggested alleygates and better street lighting to help deter youngsters.

The issue was kept as one of the team's priorities with officers pledging to move troublesome youngsters on and use video cameras to record incidents.

Concerns earlier in the year led police to increase patrols around Burgh Road where people had complained about youths gathering on the top of the embankment and causing anti-social behaviour.

From regular patrols and house-to-house enquiries police found the main problem with anti-social behaviour was in the evenings during the summer months.

The team also targeted speeding drivers outside Hillside, Homefield and Woodlands schools, with letters sent home to parents and several warnings handed to drivers. Officers did explore whether extra lines could be added on Church Walk, close to Woodlands school, but Norfolk County Council said this would not be possible because it is a private road.

A second priority set by the team was targeting anti-social behaviour on Mill Lane and around the Rainbow supermarket.

The team meet again in March.

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