Following the death of 19-year-old Isaac Stone in January police say they have been working closely with residents and businesses in Midland Road - where the teenager was brutally stabbed to death.
Prior to the tragic event on January 25, PC Karen Jarmen had already been working in the area and in Bedford town centre to address issues of criminality including drug offences, anti-social behaviour (ASB) – namely street drinking, and a perceived lack of police presence
Officers undertook a number of initiatives, including a day of action in the Midland Road area in February, to engage with residents and address their fears and complaints.
As a result Bedfordshire Police will continue to focus resources in the area with the aim of combatting ASB, dealing with criminality and reassuring local residents and businesses.
Chief Inspector Julian Frost from the Local Policing Team said: “I want to reassure residents and businesses that the initial increase in police presence following the tragic death of Isaac Stone was not one purely for show, but something that we intend to maintain as we address the issues in the area.
“A team of four constables and a sergeant will be paying attention to the Midland Road area, particularly over the weekends, with the aim of engaging with people in the area on the streets, in shops and businesses, and at local youth centres.
“We hope that by being visible at key times in the week we can positively deal with criminal offences as well as anti-social issues that are affecting the people who live and work in the area.
“I would encourage everyone to come and speak with my officers and tell them where the problems are as this makes it possible to focus our work where it will do the most good.”
If you have information relating to crime anywhere in the county contact Bedfordshire Police in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.