Tag Archives: East Area Committee

Arrested Suspected Drug Dealers Held Until They’ve Defecated Three Times

Cambridge’s East Area Committee on the 25th of July 2013 was told that Cambridgeshire Police have adopted a policy of keeping arrested suspected drug dealers in custody until they have defecated three times so the police can recover any swallowed drugs. Two days earlier the city’s Community Safety Partnership had also been briefed on the [...]

Policing East Cambridge – August 2012

During Cambridge’s East Area Committee on Thursday the 2nd of August 2012 councillors held the police to account for their performance over the previous couple of months and set new priorities. I have written about three aspects of the policing section of the meeting separately: Tackling Problems Caused by Street Drinkers in East Cambridge Police [...]

Tackling Problems Caused by Street Drinkers in East Cambridge

I observed Cambridge’s East Area Committee on Thursday the 2nd of August 2012. One of the key things raised, as usual for East Area Committee meetings, was crime, and other problems related to street drinkers in the area. The committee heard from two members of the public one of whom was Joanna Dean of Norfolk [...]

Police Failure to Answer Phone Discussed at Cambridge East Area Committee

One of the key concerns raised during the policing agenda item at Cambridge’s East Area Committee on Thursday the 2nd of August 2012 was the continued long delays being faced by people phoning Cambridgeshire police on their non-emergency 101 number. One member of the public, Joanna Dean of Norfolk street said she had waited on [...]

Police Endorse Cambridge Labour’s Wet Room for Drunks Policy

On the evening of the 12th of April 2012 I observed councillors on Cambridge’s East Area Committee set the areas’s policing priorities for the upcoming four months. Problems caused by street drinkers were by far the top issue raised by councillors. Sergeant Jamie Stenton for Cambridgeshire Police initially reported: “Street life people [his words] are [...]

1 Hemingford Road Approved as Seven Tenant HMO

1 Hemingford Road Cambridge – Given Planning Permission as a Seven Tenant HMO. (Google Streetview) On Thursday the 27th of October 2011 I observed councillors at Cambridge City Council’s East Area Committee give planning permission for 1 Hemingford Road in Romsey to be a House of Multiple Occupancy housing seven tenants. The property, just off [...]

Policing East Cambridge April 2011

Policing East Cambridge April 2011 I spent the evening of the 14th of April 2011 observing Cambridge City Council’s East Area Committee meeting. City and county councillors were to hold the police to account for their performance against priorities they’d set previously and to set new priorities for the forthcoming period. Key Points Councillors set [...]

Transparency Changes Outcome of Police Priority Vote

Coleridge Road, Cambridge. A fantastic example of why transparency is good for democratic decision making occurred at the Cambridge City Council’s East Area Committee on the 19th of August 2010. Green Party Councillor Margaret Wright had proposed a motion removing an existing police priority aimed at reducing speeding on a range of target roads across [...]