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Election of a New Community Priority

Alert message sent 03/08/2021 18:16:00

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Good Afternoon,

We wanted to update you following our most recent Police and Community Together Meeting (PACT) which took place yesterday evening, 02/08/2021.

The PACT meeting sees representatives from both the parish and district council's convey the concerns of the community to the local policing team. This allows us to identify the priorities which matter most to you and tackle these. The elected community priority is set in place for a three month period. During this time we will look to tackle and resolve the identified issue. Where it has not been possible to fully resolve the issue within the three month period we will continue to tackle it as a local priority.

Our last community priority saw us tackle both on and off road vehicle related nuisance. This priority was split into two areas.The on road activity and the off road activity.

Our priority to tackle on road activity centred on the Heckfield area where large numbers of people were gathering, closing roads and using a roundabout on the B3349 as a drifting track. A proactive policing response was put in place. Intelligence was and continues to be gathered in respect of any planned 'car meets' and a policing response is put into place. In addition we have worked with local residents and our partner agencies including Hart District Council's community safety team and the highways department. Regular meetings have sought to identify a longer term solution to the issues being experienced. Work in this area will be ongoing and is now being led by the community safety department. The reporting of activity has now dramatically reduced and as such this priority has been reduced to an acceptable level. 

Our efforts to tackle the off road aspect of this priority have also been ongoing. Historically we were seeing a large number of reports relating to off road motorcycles and quad bikes accessing areas of common land. A proactive policing response was put in place with specific operations organised to identify and deal with those offending. As a result of police efforts two motorcycles were seized and over 30 persons spoken to in relation to their intended activity. Since this time the number of reports to police has substantially decreased. Alongside our proactive work we have established a working group comprising of local land owners, Forestry England and representatives from various departments within the local authority. This working group is currently meeting monthly to look at a long term solution to the identified issues. Our current working strategy has been to establish a purpose built off road facility to cater for those attending the area. Of all the offenders and those attending the areas spoken with, the overwhelming majority indicated they would be happy to pay to ride at a purpose built track. Work has now identified a provisional site and we are now looking to identify anyone who may be interested in running this facility. This work will remain ongoing and any increase in reporting will be tackled accordingly.

Following on from our most recent meeting a decision has been made to tackle Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) in open spaces. This time of year can see an increase in this type of activity and the setting of this priority, at this time of year, allows us to cover the school holidays and the Halloween period. Reports of ASB across the beat remain low. It has been noted that there has been a decrease in the reporting of ASB in the current quarter vs the previous one. As part of our commitment to this priority we will focus on increasing our patrols and visibility in open space areas. We will further review each report of ASB and look to maximise any investigative opportunities. Should areas see repeated reports we will look to work with land owners and the local community to target harden locations. We will also look to deal robustly with repeat offending.

You can support our priority by reporting any ASB activity via the 101 number. You can also report retrospectively via our website, www.hampshire.police.uk. If you feel threatened or in fear, please call 999.

We look forward to working with our community on this priority and we will look to update you in due course.
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Nick Greenwood (Police, PCSO, Hart District)

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