Clean up hits the streets

A HIT squad swept through part of west Ipswich today targeting truants, illegal roadside sales and anti-social behaviour.Around 70 people, split into three teams, carried out the early morning swoop on the Triangle Estate.

A HIT squad swept through part of west Ipswich today targeting truants, illegal roadside sales and anti-social behaviour.

Around 70 people, split into three teams, carried out the early morning swoop on the Triangle Estate.

Codenamed Impact Day, it aimed to make the area cleaner, greener and safer.

Police, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), trading standards, the fire service, Ipswich borough and Suffolk county councils were among those represented.

Sue Thomas, Suffolk County Council ward member for the area, said: "We were told by the public they were concerned about the environment in which they live and this was a response to that."

After gathering at 7am in the Triangle Community Centre, in Dickens Road, the teams split up to comb the estate.

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Education Welfare Officers were due to be on patrol from 9am, looking for children skipping school.

Alongside them were trading standards representatives responding to information pointing to the sale of cars on verges around the area.

Jill Korwin, assistant county trading standards officer, said: "We've received complaints about it and I'd say it's an increasing problem."

She said various retail outlets would be targeted to check on a range of issues, including pricing and the date of food. Doorstep sales and loan sharks were other aspects under scrutiny.

Inspector Darrin Tomkins, of Suffolk police, said he was keen to support the operation, being led by Suffolk Fire Service.

He said: "I think it's great to see so many representatives from such a wide variety of agencies keen to help with community safety.

"All the agencies are having days like this across the town to address these issues."

The DVLA were on hand to check number plates, with illegal vehicles facing the threat of being clamped and confiscated.

The fire service were among the teams offering safety advice, while the borough council's Make A Difference Team were available to dispose of bulky items and even trim high hedges.

Paul West, of the council, said: "Days like this are always successful in achieving what they set out to do.

"It's high visibility, high profile and it does achieve results."

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