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Op Champion: Crime in Weymouth falls by one-fifth

Overall crime in the Melcombe Regis area of Weymouth has fallen by 20% and anti-social behaviour has reduced by 19%, over the past four years.

Since June 2013 a small dedicated team has carried out robust patrols giving an increased police presence in the Melcombe Regis, Nothe and Chapelhay areas of Weymouth in a dedicated initiative called ‘Operation Champion’ in order to tackle criminal activity and provide reassurance to residents.

Significant arrests and drug and cash seizures have been made, resulting in the disruption of drug supplies in to the town and the break-up of a number of the drug networks.

Weymouth and Portland Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Browning said: “Officers now wish to build on this success and are continuing to work in partnership with their colleagues as part of a multi-agency approach, including the local council, housing and the wider public sector.

“We have a shared overall objective to improve the lives of the residents and visitors of Weymouth and Portland.

“The disruption of drug supply in to Weymouth and Portland is just one strand of the continued operation. I want to continue to build on this success to see a sustained reduction in crime whilst also focusing on some of the wider issues facing the town.”

Weymouth Police have been successful in gaining support from police officers across Dorset to assist them in this task.

Inspector Pete Browning continued: “I am very keen for the community to get involved and assist us by reporting anything unusual. Are there suspicious people in your area who you do not recognise? Do you know who your neighbours are?  

“Do you know the vulnerable members of your community? Talk to your neighbours and please check they are OK.

“I would urge members of the public who may have concerns, suspicions or any information about the misuse of drugs to contact Dorset Police on 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.”

Residents are also being urged to keep up to date by searching for Weymouth and Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team on Facebook and liking their page. You can also follow Weymouth and Portland Police on Twitter by searching for your local ward area. 

Issued: 7 April 2014

Insp Pete Browning