I am PC 1365 Gareth Tanner and I work in the Complex Case Team covering South Cambridgeshire.
For some time one individual was at the forefront of my attention due to their persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB); this person is Harry Williams (aged 17) of Waterbeach.
Local PCSO John Mason and I had long suspected Harry’s involvement in ASB in the village but unfortunately very few people had called police to report him.
Some time ago we released an online ASB survey to Waterbeach residents to let people tell us exactly what they were experiencing. I was overwhelmed by the results. I received significantly more returns from Waterbeach residents than we have from any other village completing the survey and a large portion of the respondents indicated that Harry Williams was impacting on their lives.
From the survey returns, Waterbeach residents had clearly identified a problem for us to deal with and we needed to find a way to meet our community’s needs.
In addition to the returns from the public in our ASB survey; in the early months of 2014 we were able to show categorically that Harry was causing serious problems in the village which strengthened our investigation into his actions. It took several more weeks to obtain and compile the 26 statements and various pieces of supporting evidence that went into our ASBO application and the file we submitted to the court was the largest I have ever produced.
On 1st October 2014 we had our day in court where all the hard work paid off. Harry Williams was issued with an anti-social behaviour order by Cambridge Magistrates Court which included the condition that Harry shall not enter the Waterbeach area as indicated in red on this map: ASBO map
Harry Williams’ ASBO includes a power for police to arrest if he should breach the order and will last for 2 years.
This has been a long time coming and I sincerely hope that this ASBO will provide the people of Waterbeach with the peace of mind that Harry is banned from their village preventing his behaviour from once again affecting their lives.
I encourage residents to call police to report a breach if Harry should enter the area.
Calling police to report anti-social behaviour helps us to understand the communities we serve and may help us to resolve the problem. Call our non-emergency number 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.