Wisbech is still a safe place to live, says one of the Fenland’s leading police officers.
Insp Will Davis has spoken out to reassure the community after a series of serious incidents have been reported in the town.
A woman in her 50s was raped in The Spinney on February 7, while teenager Sarunas Maciulis, 18, of Churchill Road, Wisbech, has been charged with the murder of Marius Micevisius, 32, on February 17.
Insp Davis told a Wisbech Town Council meeting that specialist teams were supporting the rape victim and investigating the incident.
Speaking after the meeting Insp Davis said: “I acknowledge that there has been some serious crimes raised recently in the local area.
“However I would like to reassure the community that Wisbech still remains a safe place to live and work.”
The meeting also heard that four teenage boys have been arrested following a disturbance in the town shortly after Christmas.
Officers were able to disperse 40 youths who were fighting in the town centre.
New anti-social behaviour powers were used to disperse the groups and prevent them from returning. Then officers trawled through CCTV footage to identify those committing crimes.
Insp Davis also stated that work is being undertaken in schools to educate youngsters about their behaviour.
He also told the meeting about the successes of two police cadet forces which are now running at the Meadowgate School and the Queen Mary Centre.
At the meeting he said: “The units are educating young people and preventing them from becoming a victim or offender.”
At the meeting Dave Veal called for action to be taken following the recent crime levels and the perception of the town.
During the public participation section of the meeting Mr Veal said: “I have lived in Wisbech for almost 70 years and seen many changes, but none as concerning as the recent changes.”