Estate blitz

ANOTHER Ipswich estate was today blitzed by an action team targeting truants, illegal vehicles and anti-social behaviour.The Whitton area was swept from early this morning, with representatives from various agencies taking part.

ANOTHER Ipswich estate was today blitzed by an action team targeting truants, illegal vehicles and anti-social behaviour.

The Whitton area was swept from early this morning, with representatives from various agencies taking part.

Similar initiatives have already been carried out on the Gainsborough and Triangle estates, receiving a favourable response from residents.

Peter Monk, of Suffolk County Council, said: "This is a natural progression for us.

"We've had two very successful days in other parts of the town. The feedback we're getting from the areas that have been done is extremely positive."

Tony Lewis, Suffolk county councillor for Whitton, said today's crackdown was in response to public demand.

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"This is what people in the community have asked for through things like the north west community forum and the Whitton Residents' Association," he said.

"A lot of things that get on people's nerves and upset them are the sort of things we were tackling today in a multi-agency way."

Representatives from trading standards, Suffolk Fire Service, Axa and Ipswich Borough Council all took part in the initiative.

Martin Barnes-Smith, west Ipswich inspector for Suffolk police, said five of his officers were also on hand to assist the drive.

He said: "The main part of the day was to show we're taking forward the idea of cleaner, greener and safer.

"All the agencies have come together to go round the estate to make a difference."

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