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Neighbourhood policing priorities agreed for Harpenden

25 Jun 2021
  • Fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour around local parks and speeding remain the safer neighbourhood priorities for Harpenden.

  • You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Visit bit.ly/police-harpenden

  • To receive police messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people in your local area, sign up to OWL (opens in a new window).

Fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour around local parks and speeding remain the safer neighbourhood priorities for Harpenden which were agreed last week.

The latest Priority Setting Forums (PSFs), made up of police officers, council representatives and members of the local education and business communities, was held virtually to agree what the Harpenden Safer Neighbourhood Team will focus on over the next three months.

Harpenden Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Essam said: “Unfortunately speeding remains a neighbourhood priority having done several speed enforcement operations over the last three months. We will continue to do these for the safety of all road users. We will use extra resources to help tackle the ongoing problem of anti-social behaviour in parks across the area, including regular proactive patrols. Our work also continues with St Albans City and District Council and farmers and landowners to deal with flytipping.”

The current neighbourhood priorities are:

Fly-tipping – St Albans City and District Council leads on fly-tipping but we continue to work with them as well as landowners and residents to reduce fly-tipping in the more remote areas including Wheathampstead and Redbourn.

You said, we did. Since the last priorities were updated:

  • We have continued high-visibility and plain-clothed patrols
  • Three council-based CCTV have been installed in ‘hot spot’ areas
  • Six wildlife cameras have been secured
  • We have increased overt and covert police patrols
  • We have increased signage and use of the #SCRAP fly-tipping campaign.
  • Five suspects have been identified
  • Two men have been arrested for fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and if convicted, offenders face a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. You could be liable if you pay someone to get rid of your waste and dump it illegally.

Anti-social behaviour in local parks in Rothampstead Park, The Common and Prava Close, Redbourn recreational ground, Wheathampstead playing fields including the tennis and football pitches and Oakley Road.

  • We have increased high-visibility and covert police patrols.
  • We are working with the local town council and partner agencies.
  • We have given out warnings and made several arrests for drug offences.
  • We have also used community resolutions and fines.

Speeding in Redbourn Road, Marford Road, Station Road, Lower Luton Road, Roundwood Lane, Brewhouse Hill and The Hill.

  • We have carried out a number of speeding operations where we monitored over 1,300 vehicles’ speeds.
  • We have sent seven speed awareness letters to motorists who have been caught speeding.
  • This is followed by speed enforcement action where drivers will be fined or summonsed directly to court for excessive speed.

Sergeant Essam added: “Feedback from members of the public is vital to ensure that local policing resources are focusing on the issues that matter most to you. Fly-tipping, speeding and anti-social behaviour all have an impact on people’s quality of life and that is not acceptable. I want to thank everyone who has contacted us with their views and would encourage other people to get involved.

“You can follow the work of local officers on Facebook and Twitter @StAlbansPolice to see what action is being taken on a daily basis to help keep the district a safe place to live, work and visit.”

To receive police messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people in your local area, sign up to OWL (opens in a new window).

You can also use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns. Visit Harpenden echo (opens in a new window).

Please note that echo should not be used to report crime; this should continue to be reported via the usual methods.

You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101.

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