New skatepark sees drop in crime

ANTI-social behaviour on Soham’s Recreation Ground has fallen since the new skatepark was built, it was revealed this week.

In a report to Soham Town Council, PCSO Emma Graves, who regularly patrols the area, said that crime had fallen by 42 per cent year-on-year.

From June 2009 to June 2010 there were 57 recorded incidents of ASB on the recreation ground, in the following year, however, that figure had fallen to 33.

The park was officially opened in July last year and was the culmination of months of planning and design work by Soham Town Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) and dozens of young people in the town.

In total, the town council spent more than �60,000 on creating the new facilities, with much of the money coming from grants.

The new park features several skate and bike ramps, grind rails, a BMX track and a ‘quarter-pipe’ ramp.

Council chairman, Cllr Rosemary Aitchison, said: “We are very pleased that the skate park has been such a success and that there have been fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area of the recreation ground.”