BRIDGWATER NEWS: Swimming in the Docks is highly dangerous

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Swimming in the Docks is highly dangerous

PEOPLE are becoming increasingly concerned and fed-up about ongoing anti-social problems happening at the Bridgwater Docks and fear that there could be a tragedy.

Residents have reported incidents of groups of young people causing problems and intimidating local residents, along with other matters including graffiti and drug taking.

The concerns were raised during the Town Development Forum meeting on Thursday (June 29, 2017) which had decided to focus on policing in Bridgwater.

Delegates from a wide ranging number of community groups such as the Trades Union Council, Churches Together, Civic Society and the Senior Citizens Forum joined residents’ groups, traders and individuals for the meeting.

Also attending the meeting, which was hosted by Bridgwater Town Council, were Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstephens, Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson and Sgt Joe Piscina of Bridgwater Police.

The meeting heard that a recent police campaign at the Docks had resulted in 15 young people having been dealt with including three prosecutions in relation to damage to property.

There were also real concerns that there could be a tragedy as some young people had been found swimming in the Docks – a highly dangerous activity especially if under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Sgt Piscina reported that there were regular meetings with the schools to address the problems and to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming in the docks.

A Forum spokesman said: “The police also said that work was continuing to address the drug problems within the town.”

Other matters discussed the Forum meeting were as follows:

VANDALISM ON INCREASE IN WEST STREET AREA: http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/01/bridgwater-news-vandalism-on-increase-in-west-street-area/ .

KEEP REPORTING DANGEROUS DRIVING INCIDENTS:  http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/01/bridgwater-news-keep-reporting-dangerous-driving-problems-say-police/ .

POLICE TO TACKLE BINFORD PLACE TROUBLE-MAKERS: http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/07/01/bridgwater-news-vandalism-on-increase-in-west-street-area/ .

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