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Policing and Safer Neighbourhoods NAC

Meeting: 13/11/2023 - North Area Committee (Item 28)

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The Committee received a report regarding policing and safer neighbourhoods’ trends.


The report outlined actions taken since the last reporting period. The current emerging issues / neighbourhood trends for each ward were also highlighted (see report for full details). Previous local areas of concern and engagement activity noted in the report were:

i.               Street based drug dealing, including cuckooing.

ii.             ASB and dangerous driving across the north of the city and NO2 canisters.

iii.            Cycle crime.

iv.           Youth and knife crime.


The Committee Manager read out the following public question on behalf of a member of the public:

        i.       What action is being taken specifically to address frequent and persistent drug dealing in Histon Road Recreation ground? The same individual can be seen on an almost daily basis dealing drugs next to the children’s play area. Had personally submitted eight reports of witnessing this activity in the last few weeks alone. No longer felt safe taking their children to the park.


Sergeant Jeffery advised that since the question was submitted in advance of the meeting Police Officers had reached out and spoken with the member of the public. It was noted that the information was being reported to the Police but their internal systems weren’t directing it to the correct Police Team. Advised that this information was very useful in targeting resources. Histon Road and the recreation ground had been patrolled by the Police. 


Members welcomed and supported the work of the Police and Anti-Social Behaviour Team. Members expressed concerns regarding:

      ii.        Motorbikes speeding on Green End Road.

    iii.        Drug dealing in East Chesterton.

    iv.       Knife crime and youth work and sufficient officer capacity to cover this work.

      v.       Key Police Officer contacts for Cuckooing.

    vi.       Speeding in Gilbert Road.

  vii.        Traffic Regulation Order enforcement at Garden Walk.