Tuesday, 26 May 2009

CUTTING CRIME IN DANE VALLEY

Thanet district Council press release,

A major new initiative to improve life in Dane Valley has seen overall crime levels in the area cut by 6.5%, compared to the previous year.

The work has been led by the Thanet Community Safety Partnership, with representatives from Kent Police, Thanet District Council's housing, sports development and waste and recycling teams, Kent Trading Standards, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Probation Service and local youth groups. In response to complaints from local residents, the group came together to work jointly on improvements in the area.

Those have already included graffiti removal by community payback teams and regular litter picks by the Hang 10 youth group, helping to improve the appearance of the area.

As part of their Safer Spring initiative, the police have also been focusing their resources into the area, particularly on weekend evenings, with high visibility patrols, carrying out 70 stop and searches. These resulted in four seizures of alcohol, two seizures of cannabis and five arrests.

Feedback from residents that more was needed for young people on the estate to do has led to activities on every weekday night, with Pie Factory Music Youth Club using SureStart on Monday evenings with sessions for eight to 13 year olds between 6pm and 7.30pm and a Young Persons Group at SureStart on Tuesday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Wednesday nights are football with the local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Ross Meek and Nick Underwood, while Charton Athletic bring their coaching to the area on a Thursday night. There's a final opportunity to enjoy more football on Friday nights between 4pm and 6pm with Sport 4NRG, followed by bowling with the PCSOs.
Details of these activities are being displayed on new notice boards that have been put up by Thanet District Council housing in the area.

A street party, to celebrate D-Day and to bring people in Millmead together, is also being held next week (Wednesday 3 June) on the green next to SureStart Millmead between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Community Safety Officer Tiffany Hall said: "The work that's been going on in Dane Valley over the past few weeks has made a huge difference. This initiative has brought together a huge number of organisations, all working together to improve the area and it's also had a great impact on starting to bring the community together as well. The Community Safety Partnership is here to respond to people's concerns and that's what we've done in this case.

She added: "Anyone who wants to have their say on what we're doing can get involved with PACT meetings - partners and communities together. The community action group meets on a regular basis and is a great way to make your voice heard. To find out more, call SureStart on 280666."

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