IGHTENHILL: Police night patrols at potential trouble spots

PARISH COUNCIL – The annual meeting of Ightenhill Parish Council was postponed due to members’ commitments, but the monthly meeting went ahead. Members who attended were Coun. Terry Ferguson (chairman) and Coun. Stuart Wilson, the clerk, tree warden, PC Strickland and one member of the public.

PUBLIC QUESTION – The member of the public thanked the parish council for the display of daffodils and expressed concern about trees in the Skiddaw Close area being too large. The tree warden will report to the next meeting.

POLICE REPORT – Community beat manager PC Simon Strickland said in Ightenhill and Whittlefield in the past year there had been 293 crimes, the second lowest amount in the borough. With regard to damage of property there was an increase last summer and in January. A number of burglaries from unlocked sheds and garages had taken place but some youngsters have been arrested and have been through the court system. House burglaries have been very low but there were five last August. Motor crime has been very low.

PC Strickland has organised night patrols at potential trouble spots and three arrests have been made. Patrols will continue to take place.

There is a possibility there will be a new police community support officer for the area. Members brought up issues including speeding in Ightenhill Park Lane and Lakeland Drive and fly-tipping near Hagg Wood.