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Task Force Created to Deal with Crime in Weymouth Town Centre

Weymouth Town Centre

7:37am 3rd April 2014

10 incidents of crime are being committed in Weymouth Town Centre every week and at all times of the day, Wessex FM has learnt.

Top of the list are assaults and shop lifting.

But crime rates in the town centre have fallen by 20% over the last 5 years, and Councillor Geoff Petherick has praised Dorset Police for their work.

He's now formed a new task force with the aim of getting to the route of the problem.  He said:

"Where are these people coming from? Is it the areas of deprivation, like Melcombe Regis or Westham.  Or is it people who are coming here recovering from drugs are alcohol?  Or are they prisoners released on probation?  Because we have all these mixes in the area.  We need to find out who the people committing these crimes are."

Geoff added:  "Is it individuals who are coming into the town, or individuals who are already in the town?  Is it because of the economy, but we have one of the best rates of employment. Is it because we have 27 empty shops?"

The new task force will include the Police, landlords, the probation service, social services and other local agencies.

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