Marshland police to tackle heating oil theft

POLICE in Marshland will be raising the profile of heating oil theft and the crime prevention steps that can be taken.

This and tackling thefts from outbuildings were agreed as priorities for the area by the police and council at the latest Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting.

The police will also help resolve parking issues in Old Church Road, Terrington St John, after the matter was raised as a concern by local residents.

The SNAP meeting, held on Friday evening, heard Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team has been working closely with the Borough Council and parish councils over the past two months to address anti-social behaviour problems in Walsoken, West Walton and Terrington St Clement.

Terrington Sgt Sam Pontin said: “Officers have maintained regular patrols in the areas highlighted by local residents. This, coupled with action taken by the councils to reduce access to certain locations, had led to a fall in calls related to anti-social behaviour in these villages.

“We have seen a rise in reports of heating oil theft across the county and so will be working with Home Watch and other groups to encourage people to take preventative measures.”

Residents from across the neighbourhood are invited to come along and raise any issues or concerns directly with local police and council representatives at the next SNAP meeting, due to be held at the Walpole Community Centre in Walpole St Andrew from 7pm on Friday, March 18.

If you would like to speak to a local officer in the meantime, call the team on 0845-4564567.