Respect zone hailed success

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YOUNG people in Stowmarket have shown their respect for a new initiative rolled out by police and Mid Suffolk District Council.

Complaints and calls in relation to the Regal car park in Ipswich Street have stopped since it was turned into a ‘respect zone’.

Police in the town were receiving more than one call a night on Fridays and Saturdays from residents living nearby complaining of anti-social behaviour including noise from youngsters, car stereos and car engines.

The police have now received thanks from the residents who have seen a huge improvement since the introduction of the zero tolerance initiative.

Green paint and signs were used in the car park warning youth to behave.

Sgt Neil Paterson of Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team said he had not received a complaint since the scheme was introduced in October.

Concerns that the zone would move the groups on to other areas in the town have also been thwarted as police attending problems at Shepherds Lane and Ipswich Street, in the town centre, confirm that they are different groups.