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Police chief's pledge on rowdy yobs

PUBLISHED: 19:14 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 08 July 2010

Insp Ady Porter.

Insp Ady Porter.

INSP Ady Porter is determined to clamp down on rowdy behaviour once and for all in Swaffham.

The town's new officer, who is now supervising policing matters in town as part of a county-wide reshuffling of the Force, has already compiled a list of issues which he says need urgent tackling.

INSP Ady Porter is determined to clamp down on rowdy behaviour once and for all in Swaffham.

The town's new officer, who is now supervising policing matters in town as part of a county-wide reshuffling of the Force, has already compiled a list of issues which he says need urgent tackling.

Following feedback from residents in town he now wants to stamp out anti-social behaviour in three areas - Sandringham Way and Sporle Road in Swaffham and Necton's Chantry Courts.

“I have asked residents to produce a list of the most important issues affecting the town in terms of policing,” he said.

“The list they produced was pretty long. However, we decided to choose the most important matters which we want to deal with urgently rather than take on everything at one time. Anti-social behaviour came up on everyone's list.”

Insp Porter said a youth club would operate in town every other week, aiming to take youngsters off the streets and involve them in various activities.

“Unfortunately a minority are causing the majority of problems. There are various ways to reduce these problems by engaging the youngsters in clubs, or in activities conducted by the Air and Army Cadets. We hope the youth club will operate every week in the very near future.”

Insp Porter, who had worked as a response inspector in King's Lynn for the last five years, is also keen to deal with alcohol-related crime, by keeping a close watch on areas where incidents are likely to occur.

He will also work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and is keen to have a good relationship with the community.

The 36-year-old has been with the force for the last 17 years. He is married to Jo and has two children.

Insp Porter will be doing a pioneering work in Swaffham as the town had never had an inspector before.

He had been brought in as part of the constabulary's creation of a single county delivery unit earlier this

year.

Norfolk's three existing policing areas had been replaced with one unit covering the entire county in a bid to provide a more consistent service and cut down on bureaucracy.

The new unit is made up of seven policing districts which are similar geographically to the existing district council boundaries.

The districts are each led by a superintendent consist of 52 neighbourhoods with their own dedicated teams. The structure doubles the number of inspectors on the front line and sees an increase in number of sergeants on the ground.

Anyone wishing to get in touch with Insp Porter can contact him through the main police number on 0845 4564567 or email him at portera@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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