‘Strong turn out’ at meeting

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A public meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership held in Crumlin on Wednesday, December 16 to discuss community safety issues, was well attended by members of the public.

PSNI Chief Inspector, John Allen stated, “I was impressed by the turnout and the warm welcome I received from the residents of Crumlin. It was obvious from the discussions that police have their part to play in the issues raised.

“Much more can be achieved by partnership and collaborative working. The community now have an opportunity to work together with the statutory, community and voluntary organisations to improve the quality of life of Crumlin residents.

Chief Inspector Allen continued, “Whilst I am encouraged by the recent reductions in anti-social behaviour and the increase in drug offence detections, due to police patrols and proactivity, I would encourage members of the public to report criminal, suspicious and anti-social behaviour to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999. Alternatively contact your local police by email AntrimandNewtownabbey@psni.pnn.police.uk “

Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, Councillor Linda Clarke said, “There was a very strong turn out from the community and I am glad that we could begin to understand some of the issues affecting the community in the area.

She continued “It is apparent that there is work to be undertaken by a range of statutory agencies to address the concerns that were raised including anti-social behaviour, drugs, housing, burglary, criminal damage and fear of crime. I was heartened that the community were so willing to get involved and actively participate in actions that may help resolve the issues in the area. I would encourage residents to get involved with the community groups in the area. Anyone interested can contact Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to find out how to join a local group.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting but would still like to express their views are encouraged to contact the PCSP on 028 9034 0000.