Friday, June 21, 2024

Gangs and drugs and Stifford Clays

THE newly-elected police and crime commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst made the Thurrock the venue of the first of his roadshow stops in the county.

Flanked by senior police officers as well as top brass form Thurrock Council.. Mr Hirst outlined his priorities for Thurrock and the county over the next four years.

Many of the questions came from Thurrock Conservative councillors who, despite supporting cuts to police numbers, questioned the lack of police presence in the borough.

Chief Inspector Leigh Norris made several references to recent gang problems in Chafford Hundred as well as echoing the chief constable’s words when he came to Thurrock in January that the presence of hundreds of troubled "groups" moving into Thurrock may have an impact on crime figures in Thurrock.

The massive rise in non-violent crib may be a case in point.

On young mum made the speech of the night when she pointed to the problems of anti-social behaviour in Stifford Clays.

There was also questions relating to off road bikers. A representative from Thurrock Council made reference to the successful "injunction" scheme in Harlow and opined that it may not be for Thurrock.


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