Friday, 14 December 2018

Overall reduction in crime during Regatta

POLICE issued 70 notices during Henley Royal Regatta preventing individuals from returning to the area for up to 48 hours.

The number of section 27 notices issued was down on last year where more than 100 were handed out over the five days.

They are issued when there is concern about an individual’s behaviour.

T/Supt Rory Freeman, silver commander for the operation said: “This year’s policing of the regatta was once again successful, with an overall reduction in crime reported to police, compared to last year.

“Saturday was the busiest time for officers and through the day and night a total of 22 Section 27 notices were issued.

“The fact that a significant number of Section 27 notices were issued, I believe is a reflection of the proactive policing by officers in the area.

“A key objective of the operation is for police to intervene early in anti- social behaviour to prevent a situation escalating into a crime. I’m pleased to say these interventions worked preventing a number of crimes from taking place.

“We were also proportionate in our use of the Designated Public Places Order throughout the event which contributed to an overall reduction in alcohol related crime.

“Although we are pleased how this year’s operation went we will continue to have meetings with our partners, residents and the organisers to see what improvements we can make for next year. Planning for the 2015 Henley operation will start again with partners in the next couple of months.”

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