POLICE have stepped up their patrols following a spate of anti-social behaviour problems in Winslow and Steeple Claydon during the summer months.
Reports have been received of anti-social behaviour by young people in the grounds of the Winslow Centre, Three Hills off Magpie Way, the lay-by at the top end of Magpie Way and Greyhound Lane in Winslow.
Although a Public Places Order is in place, banning drinking in public places throughout the whole of Winslow and Steeple Claydon, police believe groups of youngsters have been drinking and using illegal drugs at these locations on a regular basis, due to the litter left behind.
They also believe similar activity has been going on at the Steeple Claydon recreation ground and the Newton Longville recreation ground at Longueville Hall.
Extra police patrols have been carried out at all these locations over recent weeks and as a result two teenagers have been dealt with by police for possession of cannabis in Newton Longville. An 18-year-old received a fixed penalty notice and a 17-year-old received an official police warning.
Police are also carrying out joint agency patrols with Addaction workers, with a view to educating youngsters about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and discouraging anti-social behaviour.
Mayor of Winslow Llew Monger said: “Anti-social behaviour in Winslow is fortunately not a major issue but it is something that does need to be addressed. The council maintains a close contact with the police on the matter.
“We have a relatively low level of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Winslow is a very attractive place to live and we want to keep it so.”