PADIHAM: Police in sex crimes crackdown

GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)
GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)

POLICE carried out a number of raids in Padiham in December targeting poachers and the perpetrators of drugs crimes, scrap metal thefts and sex offences.

Padiham Town Council members read a report prepared by Sgt Marianne Slater at its latest meeting.

Sgt Slater reported that in the Gawthorpe ward: “There were two warrants executed last month, one for drugs and the other for sexual offences.

“Anti-social behaviour was very low for the month, no doubt due to the Arctic weather we had. The Chill Out Room in the town hall has also had a positive effect in reducing anti-social behaviour as there are less youths on the streets.”

Sgt Slater also revealed there had been an increased police presence in Cambridge Drive due to juvenile nuisance, particularly around the shops. But she said the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour was reduced over Christmas in Hapton.

Sgt Slater added: “Two warrants have been executed in relation to scrap metal thefts. Another poaching operation is due to take place targeting offenders who are rabbit baiting and poaching.

“These operations provide a high visibility patrol to the rural areas surrounding Padiham and valuable intelligence is gathered as a result.”

Over the Christmas and New Year period, pubs and off-licences were also visited to advise shop owners and landlords against selling alcohol to underage people.