A POLICE beat officer in Mansfield has pledged to get tough on crime and anti-social behaviour by setting up a new action group.
Pc Katie Kerry took over as beat manager for the Lindhurst Lane and Bellamy Road area at the end of January.
One of her first jobs was to launch the Bellamy Action Group, which brings together a number of agencies to help tackle nuisance behaviour, protect vulnerable people, and crack down on domestic violence and drug crime.
The group also includes Mansfield District Council, neighbourhood wardens and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Pc Kerry said: “This is an ongoing, joint operation to clean up Lindhurst Lane and Bellamy Road. We want to make this area a more enjoyable and safer place to live.
“We have had very good feedback from residents and we have already seen evidence that the action group is having a positive impact.
“We hope to build on this and work with the local residents to keep the improvements going.”
Already, public meetings have been held with residents to discuss local issues and policing priorities.
And a number of drug warrants have been executed at addresses in the beat area with several people arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity.
One man, John Gamblin (20), formerly of Willoughby Court, Mansfield, was charged with abstracting electricity between October and November last year. He admitted the offence and was ordered to pay a £50 fine.
The beat team has also promised to be more visible around the area, with foot patrols and meetings with local businesses.
Police have produced new posters featuring the details and direct phone numbers of each officer, and these have been distributed throughout the area. Residents were asked to complete a survey outlining the issues that affect them most.
“We have made ourselves more visible and available to members of the public,” Pc Kerry said.
“We have been getting out into the community as much as possible and as a result of this more people are getting to know their local beat team as well as members from the action group.
“I urge residents to please come forward and attend the street and beat surgeries we are holding over the next few months – this is their opportunity to have their say and tell us exactly what issues they want us to tackle locally.”
There will be opportunities to meet the team on 14th April at 1pm on Tuxford Court, on 28th April at 2pm on Southwell Road East in Rainworth, on 24th May at 3pm on Tuxford Court and on 2nd June at 6pm on Third Avenue in Rainworth
Pc Kerry can be contacted on 0300 300 99 99 ext 805 3442 or on 07525 989 405. Email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.