Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson has met with councillors in Highworth to discuss their concerns about crime following a recent stabbing in the town.
Mr Wilkinson was invited to join the Town Council’s Environment and Leisure Committee meeting last Tuesday (October 4) by Mayor Julie Bishop, where they talked about the reaction to the stabbing, issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and policing levels.
Sgt Penny Sprawson from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team listened to the views and experiences of the councillors whilst the Police and Crime Commissioner explained his role and how believes a joined-up approach is needed to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“The events over the past few weeks have understandably caused shocked amongst some parts of the community in Highworth but after meeting with the councillors, I recognise there are a number of issues concerning people here that are replicated across Wiltshire
“Dealing with anti-social behaviour is one of the key priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan and it’s clear that it’s something which has a significant impact on the daily lives of residents in Highworth.
“Tackling anti-social behaviour isn’t just about robust policing but it’s also about looking at its root causes and working with schools and councils to create an education and engagement package to support what our Neighbourhood Policing Team already does.
“I know that our frontline teams are stretched at the moment, but I am working with the Chief Constable to put as many officers into public facing roles as possible and this will make a difference”
The PCC has already seen initiatives set up in Devizes, Downton and Malmesbury to tackle anti-social behaviour and will continue to work with agencies across the county in order to stamp it out.
Published Monday 9 October 2022