Agenda and minutes

Venue: Stanycliffe Community Centre, Stanycliffe Lane, Middleton M24 2PB

Contact: Lauren Mason - Tel. 01706 923124 

Items
No. Item

1.

Introductions

2.

Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising

3.

Crime statistics and updates

    Minutes:

    The attendees of the meeting were provided with a written update news sheet by GMP Officers and the following crime statistics were read out:

     

    ·           Domestic burglary x 6

    Offenders are entering the properties through insecure windows, forcing doors and windows open, also they are using unknown implements to cause damage to properties whilst gaining entry.  The offenders are conducting searches of the properties entered and making off with cash, laptops and sets of car keys which then enable them to steal the vehicles and other items.  Offenders are also targeting garages by attempting to force the lock off the door.

    ·           Theft from vehicle x 6

    Offenders are using unknown implements to smash car windows and taking items left on display and conducting through searches of the vehicles.  Offenders are also using unknown implements to remove front and rear number plates from vehicles.

    ·           Theft of a vehicle x 3

    Offenders are using unknown methods and means to bypass the vehicles’ central locking system and ignition to steal the vehicles.  One of the few occasions the offenders have had access to the car keys.

    ·           Criminal damage x 4

    Offenders are throwing stones at windows to smash them and making off in an unknown direction.  Offenders are also using unknown implements to slash the tyres on parked vehicles and smashing the windows with a brick.

     

    Copies of the document circulated at the meeting are available from Lauren Mason at Middleton Township Office (lauren.mason@rochdale.gov.uk or 01706 923124).

4.

Residents issues

    Minutes:

    Vehicle Crime
    A discussion took place about the theft of number plates and PC Gray advised the meeting that if people wish to have specialist anti-unscrew screws fitted on their number plates, he is happy to arrange, subject to availability.  Any interested parties should contact PC Gray.

    Youth Anti-Social Behaviour
    A discussion took place about the ongoing ASB issues, and residents felt that when issues are reported the offenders, who are mostly teenagers, are arrested and taken off the streets by GMP, but very soon after released by the Court System.  PC Gray advised that unfortunately where it is under 18’s, it is very rare for a custodial sentence to be given.  PC Gray advised that in relation to the specific issues raised, he himself has made representations to the Courts and CPS.

    Residents have received a leaflet detailing certain areas where individual youths shouldn’t associate, and any contraventions of this should be reported to GMP via the non-emergency number.  A discussion took place about a specific offender and PC Gray explained to the meeting the measures that have been put in place regarding this issue.  Residents asked that there thanks to PC Gray and the team be noted, as they know that a lot of work is going on to try and get better sentencing in relation to this issue.

    Following a discussion it was agreed that Ward Councillors will assist GMP and provide statements regarding the ongoing issues.  PCSO Oliver advised that she too is frustrated, and unfortunately when officers are dealing with this one issue, other areas and crimes are not being dealt with.

    Officers were advised that there is a cut-through at the back of the Convent, which young people are using, this involves cutting through the grounds of the Convent and is an escape route.  Following a discussion it was suggested that if necessary the Convent to arrange to have CCTV installed.  It was agreed that PCSO Oliver and PCSO Boothroyd will attend the Convent and liaise with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (who are the landowners of the land at the rear) to request that the area at the back be cut-back and hopefully this will stop some of the congregation of youths in this specific area.

    Off Road Bikes
    PC Gray advised that there is a new off-road bike team which has replaced operation Comenka.  The new team is a full resourced unit and shared across Greater Manchester.  Any issues should be reported either via 101 or the GMP website where there is a new system set up to report off-road bike nuisance.  The web page also provides a lot of information about monitoring off-road bike nuisance and it is very informative regarding the role GMP provides, etc.

    Residents reported where some of the bikes are being stored and this information was taken by GMP to act on.

    One Way Street
    A resident reported that vehicles are using the one-way system on Green Street the wrong way, and queried why there is a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

PACT priorities

6.

Any other business

7.

Date of next meeting