Neighbourhood policing teams (NPTs) across Stevenage have set their new priorities for the coming months.

NPTs work alongside partners to focus on solving long and short-term neighbourhood issues, such as anti-social behaviour (ASB), theft, speeding and drug-related crime.

They set local policing priorities every four months, to provide a specific focus on the issues which are currently causing the most concern to residents. Herts police say feedback from members of the public plays a vital part, as well as analysis of data.

The new priorities for central Stevenage are tacking anti-social behaviour in the town centre, and increasing police visibility in Bedwell and Pin Green.

In south Stevenage, the new policing priorities are tackling drug use and associated crime, vehicle-related nuisance behaviour, and anti-social behaviour at the Broadwater shops and surrounding area.

Meanwhile, in north Stevenage the new policing priorities are to tackle anti-social behaviour in Durham Road, York Road, Rippon Road and St Nicholas, as well as tackling vehicle-related nuisance behaviour.

The priorities will be addressed through an increased police presence, engagement events and targeted enforcement.

Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Redfearn said: "Feedback from members of the public plays a big part in the decision-making, and information provided via the constabulary’s community voice platform ‘echo’ is used to help shape the priorities, alongside an analysis of local data.

"We want to ensure that local policing resources are focusing on the issues that matter most, so I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views with us."