Police launch late night clampdown on vandals

PUBLISHED: 17:29 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

POLICE in Biggleswade have launched an operation to crack down on vandalism in the town. The move to start Operation Sibilent comes after more than a month of increased vandalism in all areas of the town. Police are blaming alcohol for the increase saying

POLICE in Biggleswade have launched an operation to crack down on vandalism in the town.

The move to start Operation Sibilent comes after more than a month of increased vandalism in all areas of the town.

Police are blaming alcohol for the increase saying the majority of incidents happen after the pubs have closed and drinkers are making their way home.

"Increasing patrols over as many areas in the town as possible will hopefully help this operation reduce the rise in vandalism," said Biggleswade beat manager Pc Ian Wilson.

"Most of the problems are around the town centre and on the Fairfield estate and we believe most incidents are alcohol related because they happen after pubs have closed.

"All kinds of property are being damaged but it is mostly vehicles having wing mirrors ripped off or scratched or just being kicked and dented.

"In the town centre the toilets have been targeted on many occasions with doors and windows being smashed and other damage inside. It is just wanton vandalism and has got to stop.

"Christmas is around the corner which is a time when a lot of people frequent pubs so we want to nip this problem in the bud now before it gets worse."

Officers working on Operation Sibilent will carry out many patrols on foot in an attempt to reduce vandalism and other street crime.

On one of the first nights of the operation last week a 17-year-old was stopped in the town centre and found to be in possession of a bag of cannabis. The teenager was released with a caution after being questioned and warned about his behaviour.

"We will not tolerate drunkenness or the use of drugs on the town's streets," added Pc Wilson.

"People must also remember the town is an alcohol-free zone so anyone caught drinking on the streets, and there have been a few lately, could face an on the spot fine of £50 which would make it a very expensive night out.


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