Positive changes in Midland Road since the launch of Operation Apex

Midland Road Area Residents Assoc
Midland Road Area Residents Association (MARA) co-ordinate community events and litter picks, including a Big Lunch street party (pictured) on Western Street

In the fortnight since we reported on the launch of Operation Apex, partner organisations involved have begun to see positive improvements to the Midland Road area of Bedford.

The operation, a multi-agency partnership approach aimed at tackling crime and social issues, was launched on 23 September with a number of ‘days of action’ taking place in and around the area.

Feedback from local businesses and residents shows that violence in the area has reduced since the operation began, while Bedfordshire Police officers patrolling the area have noticed that street drinkers have not been congregating in the usual area.

“I welcome this, especially in its multi-agency approach,” said Castle ward councillor, Lucy Bywater.

“Residents in Midland Road deserve to feel safe, feel pride in their area and they also need to feel confidence that when reporting crime and other problems, action will be taken and the resources are there.

“This is a really important part of strengthening the local community.”

Sergeant Ian Leeson, from the Bedford community team, said: “It’s been a good start to Op Apex and the days of action have seen some good results. For example, we conducted four stop and searches, issued two cannabis warnings and one fixed penalty notice over the course of a week.“We are continuing to work closely with the Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership to target any issues that are causing problems in this area, as well encouraging and helping the residents to take back their community so they can make it a better place to live.”