Topsham crime figures down - local police praised

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

POLICE were highly praised at the first Topsham police and neighbourhood watch meeting of the year after the community officers revealed crime has fallen in the area. The Partners and Communities Together (PACT) and Neighbourhood Watch meeting gave a rund

POLICE were highly praised at the first Topsham police and neighbourhood watch meeting of the year after the community officers revealed crime has fallen in the area.The Partners and Communities Together (PACT) and Neighbourhood Watch meeting gave a rundown on the success of the schemes that have been introduced to reduce crime in the area.The last meeting, in November last year, pinpointed the pressing issues at the time which included parking congestion and a lack of police presence on a Friday night.PC Iain Jeffery, beat manager for Topsham, said: "With parking, my main concern is the emergency services and the need to make it easier for the services to report to incidents." From Tuesday, May 6, civil enforcement officers will be patrolling the area until midnight issuing tickets to illegally parked cars.The police revealed the County Highways Department had visited the area to check and improve the parking signs and lines.The team have also introduced high visibility policing to the area to act as an effective deterrent to potential vandals and speeding.PC Support Officer Percy Giles said: "I am always working on Friday evening and hope to keep antisocial behaviour down. "I will be asking the community patrol not to miss out Topsham when patrolling and to make sure they drive through."The meeting allowed residents to highlight the current problems in the area and choose three issues for the police to combat in the next few months. The issues were: dog fouling on Bowling Green Road, speeding on Elm Grove Road and Exeter Road and anti-social behaviour from youths.The community officers will raise the dog fouling issue with the local council to introduce dog bins and dog wardens to the affected streets.Pam Beynon, a Topsham resident, said: "To the community it is very important. I am really pleased how informative and entertaining the meeting has been.

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