How many times have police been called to Serpentine Court? Sorry, can’t tell you – data protection

Serpentine Court on the Lakes Estate, Bletchley.

Serpentine Court on the Lakes Estate, Bletchley.

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POLICE have refused to reveal how many times they were called to Serpentine Court in the last year.

The Milton Keynes Citizen submitted the request under the Freedom of Information Act – but was this week told such detail could not be disclosed under the Data Protection Act.

Information Compliance Researcher Jane Shields told this newspaper the figures couldn’t be revealed as it ‘may identify an individual’.

This newspaper submitted the request following a number of calls from residents on the Lakes Estate based road in Bletchley.

Many were concerned with an increase in incidents of threatening and violent behaviour, and drug use.

A joint letter from Thames Valley Police and Milton Keynes Council was sent to residents on the street earlier this year stating that officers have ‘noticed a recent increase in the level of anti-social behaviour occurring in and around Serpentine Court’.

Rather than supply the answer to our question the police referred us to their online crime mapping service, www.police.uk

The website shows recorded crime across the country. Latest figures showed that in the Lakes Estate area in January there were 146 incidences of street-level crime and anti-social behaviour, including 46 of anti-social behaviour.

Corin Way, just off Serpentine Court, suffered one burglary, one case of vehicle crime, one of criminal damage and arson, one other theft and one case of anti-social behaviour. Figures for ‘on or near’ Fern Grove – situated next to Serpentine Court – reveal 21 incidences in all, including 14 complaints of anti-social behaviour.

Last month we revealed how one council tenant who was found guilty of growing cannabis in his flat is still living in Serpentine Court.

Milton Keynes Council confirmed it is looking to take legal action against Danny Pearce, who was found guilty of producing cannabis at his property. On January 13, he was given a community order at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay costs of £85.

And Pearce later pleaded guilty to damaging a window belonging to the council on January 27. Again he escaped with a fine, this time for £80 and costs of £85.

Police have been called to Serpentine Court on at least nine occasions that this newspaper is aware of in the last month, although that figure is likely to be much higher.

Last week, Bletchley Inspector Iain McIlwain told the Citizen that recorded crime levels in the area were down, but stressed that people should report any cases of anti-social behaviour to police and the council.

People should ring 101 to contact Thames Valley Police or 01908 691691 to speak to the council’s housing office.