Agencies organised by the Swindon Safer Swindon Partnership were out in force across West Swindon in mid-May to tackle problems and advise residents on how they can make the area safer.
A number of Swindon Borough Council departments including Housing, Trading Standards, Highways and Neighbourhood Wardens, while local ward councillors and other agencies such as Wiltshire Police and Her Majesty’s Court Service were all involved.
The week was a balance enforcement action, tackling enviro crime such as litter and graffiti, and community consultation. Council safety staff and the police met residents on the Community Safety bus at Toothill and Freshbrook Village Centres and the West Swindon District Centre to give out community safety advice on issues like locking up sheds, garages and cars. Pictured, from left, Amanda Luker, Jane Dudley, Kate Daniels, Mussah Dube-Manungo, Patricia McCracken, Richard Palusinki
A car transporter had to be brought in to take away 8 vehicles found without tax discs or a DVLA off road notice whilst the police carried out three drugs warrants, two in Freshbrook and one in Eastleaze, and two drivers were caught speeding in Toothill.
One 32 year old drug users was roused in an early warning raid which found him sleeping on the floor alongside eight cannabis plants with lighting equipment. A large knife was also confiscated.
PC Tom Turner, right, of the West Swindon Neighbourhood Police Team said the flat was a squalid place, indicative of someone whose life revolves around drugs. “We were expected to find drugs and related paraphanalia, not plants being grown.”
With a tip-off from a parent who saw a notice on Facebook, the Neighbourhood Police Teams seized a huge cache of beer and spirits from 150 sixteen year olds from the Wootton Bassett area who were gathering in Lydiard Park for a start of GCSE study leave party.
The week ended with a bike postcode stamping session.
Richard Palusinski, head of the Swindon Community Safety Partnership, said, “Swindon is a very safe place compared to other places of a similar size, but this can lead to complacency. It is important with the summer almost upon us that we remind people of the things they can do to keep safe such as adequately securing their home and their belongings.
“The week was a success in getting our message across.”