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You may recall that I asked some of you to complete a survey for me on the ASB in Yaxley? Well I have the results for you as follows – 49% of you said you were affected by ASB where you live; 10% were affected where you work; 69% said you felt safe walking in the village alone; 67% said you felt confident talking to the Police about ASB; 16% said you had noticed an increase in Police presence/action within the village and several commented on ASB causing them anxiety, stress, interrupted sleep and fear. The types of ASB commented on were drug usage; large groups of youths; litter and speeding. I tried to address the speeding straight away and asked Speed watch to do some evening sessions which they did do and will continue to do through the summer months. The biggest “wish” the participants wanted was more “REAL” Police on the streets, not just PCSO’s who it was said have no powers.
I wanted to address some of the above issues if I may. Although 67% said they felt confident reporting ASB, we have not had that many ring through to report incidents to us, we cannot act without knowing what the issue is or where it is. We as the Police are aware of certain issues within Yaxley and we are doing our best to address these. All reports are taken seriously by ourselves, the Parish Council, along with assistance from Huntingdon District Council.~
PCSO’s do not have the same powers as “REAL” Police constables that is true. What we do have is knowledge – knowledge of our areas, the elements within our areas and the contacts. All information is gathered and passed onto our Intel where an accurate picture can be formed of the problems at hand and a plan formulated with the assistance of the above Councils to address said issues. The wheel turns slowly, but it does turn. If you have anything you would like to report, please call 101.
Another issue that has been raised by the survey is the amount of people parking on pavements thinking they are being helpful to other drivers, or assuming they have a right to block the pavement because they own the land. Please be considerate of pedestrians and the disabled – if you can’t get a double buggy through the gap, then you can’t get a wheel chair through it either.
Be safe out there,
PCSO Dawn Hodgson 7230