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Community voice event in Bishop’s Stortford

30 Apr 2021
  • The event was held in Sworders Field

  • There has been a rise in reports of ASB and robbery.

  • Work is continuing to address the issues.

Officers from the Bishop’s Stortford Safer Neighbourhood Team held a Community Voice event in Sworders Field on Wednesday (28 April), in response to a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

In recent weeks, police have received numerous calls reporting that groups of young people have been seen littering, swearing, causing damage to the castle mound and generally acting in an intimidating manner. There has also been an increase in robberies in and around the park area.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Theresa Funes-Walker said: “This behaviour has left families and other visitors to the locality feeling intimidated and this is simply not acceptable. With the lockdown restrictions easing and the summer soon approaching, we want everyone to feel safe and enjoy this great facility in a sensible and courteous manner.

“The purpose of the community voice event was to get a better understanding of the issues from people who may not necessarily have reported them to police before and to reassure people that we are listening and taking action.

“Patrols have already been increased in the area and the issue has been made a local neighbourhood policing priority.

“It was great to be able to speak with members of the public face to face and their feedback will be used to help shape a longer-term plan, working alongside our local partners.”

Members of the public can still have their say by using the constabulary’s anonymous community voice platform, echo. Feedback will help towards shaping local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns, so tell us your views (opens in a new window).

Please note that echo cannot be used to report crime. You should continue to do this by reporting online, speaking to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in a new window).

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