Welcome to Halstead
As some of you may be aware I have just returned from having a few weeks off and celebrating getting married as such I am no longer a Hardy and now my surname is Best.
Over the last few weeks we have been dealing with an increase in anti- social behaviour in some areas and have been actively patrolling the affected locations. We have been taking action against the small groups of people who have been causing the trouble. These actions have included issuing s59 warnings to people found driving vehicles in a way to cause distress and seizing vehicles where possible. Arrests have been made and measures put in place to help prevent further incidents. Nights of action have also taken place with more on the horizon. Further efforts are ongoing to get more specialist officers in the area to help tackle the issues. We have received very valuable information from the public which has helped enable us with the actions that have been taken.
Unfortunately it is not always possible to resolve the issues overnight and we can understand that residents are likely to find this quiet frustrating. We would like to reassure you that we take these incidents very seriously and we are working very hard to try and solve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Amy and Sue.
Nuisance off road vehicles
We have seen a small increase in reports for nuisance vehicles, mainly off road bikes and quads. These vehicles are a nuisance in a number of ways including noise, damage to property and a danger to the public and wildlife.
We think that it is important that we address this issue in a robust way and we would be grateful for your assistance with this. It is important to remember to report these issues when they are happening, providing accurate, timely and detailed information.
This information could include a description of the rider and the bike, the location it is happening and any accompanying vehicles I.E. a van used to transport. These details will assist us locate or trace the offenders.
Some of you may have noticed the signs we have put up in known problem areas. This has only come about because of information received from the public and is only the beginning of the work we intend to do to try and catch the offenders.
So please, if you are out walking your dog or out enjoying the country side and you find this is being spoilt by anti-social behaviour caused by these people then please don’t hesitate to call 101 and report the issue.
Sue and Amy
I hope all is well and there aren’t too many issues in your areas.
We had the pleasure of attending a parish council meeting this evening and we were impressed with the can do attitude of the members and the appreciation of the ‘Country Eye’ app. We would like to promote the app in rural areas through other parishes. We found it very reassuring how easy the councillors found it to report such incidents as fly tipping, suspicious events, poaching and theft. In a nut shell Country Eye is the rural version of neighbourhood watch but in a convenient app which is free to download and use. In this modern day of technology it’s a quick and easy way to keep up to date with things going on in your area. Apps like these can only remain affective if people download and use them regularly.
One of the issues we have been dealing with in rural areas recently is nuisance motorbikes. These offenders can cause a lot of distress for land owners, neighbouring residents, dog walkers, livestock and wildlife in these areas. We have been working hard with other agencies to gather information to track down the offenders, so if you receive any information from your residents regarding this type of issue please forward it on to the police via 101 so if there is nearby patrol the offenders can be dealt with robustly.
Please see the attached information leaflets and if possible upload them for your residents to browse at their leisure on your websites.
If you know of any issues we may be able to assist with please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards, Amy and Sue.