Wednesday night's Community Action Meeting with the police and local residents highlighted four issues – nuisance youths; speeding; parking and mobile phone usage whilst driving. PC Ken Maple reported that the Butter Market had been made a focus of police attention since the previous meeting and there had been few issues in the last two months. Parking, particularly around the school was still an issue during the 'school run' and the police had contacted the Highways Department asking for more parking restrictions. Parking tickets had been issued in the village centre but residents felt the situation had not improved.
Speeding checks had been carried out in Cheshire Street and Shropshire Street but speeding had not proved to be a significant problem. Residents highlighted the Woore Road near to the Baptist Church as an area to be targeted in future. Drivers, including HGV drivers of articulated trucks, were regularly seen driving through the village with only one hand on the wheel as they concentrated on their phone calls. This was added to list of issues the police will consider for future action.
PC Ken Maple was praised by a number of residents. Parish Council chairman Richard Furber said how good it was to see Ken on duty in the Square at midnight on New Year's Eve. A local resident thanked him for the way he had handled the recent Stafford Street burglary at her house although concern was also expressed that neither the local Village Store's nor Tesco's cash point had a camera in operation which could have identified the culprit as they withdrew cash soon after the theft of bank cards.
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