Police respond to crime wave in Willingham
Cambridgeshire police have made several breakthroughs in tackling crime in Willingham and earned plaudits from a local MP in the process.
A marked increase in crime and disorder in Willingham led to two extraordinary public meetings with the police in the last few months. The first meeting in September saw immediate steps taken to address the concerns highlighted by the many residents who attended.
And at a second public meeting at the beginning of this month the force told the residents that significant progress on crime in the area had been made. Lucy Frazer, MP for south east Cambridgeshire, was full of praise for their work.
She said: “I was pleased to attend the meeting in Willingham on Saturday. Crime has had a significant impact on daily life in Willingham in recent months and it is extremely re-assuring to see how effectively it is being tackled by everyone working together.
"There has been a very visible police presence in the village and officers are doing an amazing job, assisted by a community that has come together as a well organised force to confront the disturbing volume of crime and anti social behaviour.”
Cambridgeshire's police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite added: “It was good to see so many people attending the meeting in Willingham on Saturday. I am reassured that the Constabulary’s response has had such a positive impact and would like to thank the community for their proactive attitude in supporting our officers to tackle crime.”
Following the meeting in September, steps were taken to revisit crimes filed in the village over the summer and as a result of that work a vehicle connected to burglary offences in the Fenland area was recovered, and a further vehicle seized that was stolen from the East Cambs district.
In the course of recent weeks individuals from two serious crime groups who had been committing offences in and around the area have been convicted.
In addition, Operation Redford took place on November 29, during which officers entered the Black Pit Drove traveller site in Willingham and searched several caravans under warrant. A number of people were arrested, a substantial number of neglected animals were rescued and a stolen caravan, a stolen motor-vehicle, several stolen quad bikes and a number of stolen power tools were recovered.