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Police op tackles anti-social behaviour by station
8:00am Friday 31st August 2012 in News
A COUNCILLOR has praised the work of two police forces who joined forces to combat anti-social behaviour problems in Chafford Hundred.
Officers from Essex Police and British Transport Police targeted the area around the railway station on Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25.
The operation came about following an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and other crimes being committed near the station.
During the two-day operation, two men were arrested for possession of cannabis. A 29-year-old man from Grays was given a fixed penalty notice, while a 22-year-old man from Chafford Hundred was charged and will appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on September 13.
More than 20 stop and searches were also carried out.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Following the success of this initial operation, police are planning further activity in the future.
“Local residents and commuters are asked to continue working with police by reporting anything suspicious.”
Chafford councillor Charlie Key said: “Anti-social behaviour is a huge concern to the residents of Chafford Hundred and it is good to see the police taking the initiative in stamping this out."
“Talk of anti-social behaviour with gangs, drug dealing and boy racers gives the impression that this is a recurring trend in this part of the borough. “I can assure you this is not the case and Essex Police have done a fantastic job in keeping it that way”
Anyone who experiences or witnesses any antisocial behaviour in the area should contact police on 101 or talk to their local PCSO.