Police to target holiday nuisance

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Bicester’s neighbourhood policing team is running a local initiative to tackle problems commonly linked to the school summer holidays.

Operation Jocund, which launched last week and will run until Wednesday, September 4, will address issues of concern to the community.

These include noise disturbances in parks, litter, vandalism and underage drinking.

Sgt Stephen Willis said: “Since the start of this operation, the team has been warmly welcomed by local residents and we have had no reported issues of concern so far.

“We are keen to raise awareness through this operation and encourage local residents to report issues of concern to the local neighbourhood team, to ensure that we can address these before they escalate further.

“We will be proactively patrolling the town to tackle issues that members of the community feel genuinely concerned about.

“This is also a great opportunity for local residents to speak to their local policing team about any concerns or questions they may have.”

Since the operation launched, neighbourhood patrols have focused on the Manston Park and Garth Park areas.

Police say results have been positive, with officers talking to young people using the skate park.

Officers spoke to them about how litter and noise can have a negative impact on residents. They also spent time with other park users, including dog walkers and young families, to raise awareness of the initiative.