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Bedfordshire PCC Kathryn Holloway has praised the newly-appointed Leighton Buzzard policing team, after the arrest of a man in relation to a spate of knife-point robberies less than a month after the launch of the new Anti-Social Behaviour operation – Operation Sentinel. 

Launched earlier this month – the Operation Sentinel team was introduced to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. In Leighton Buzzard officers have already recovered a large kitchen knife and a machete from a man who has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Commenting on the early success of the Operation, Bedfordshire Police Crime Commissioner said: “This is a perfect example of Bedfordshire Police honing in on those who are responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour in Leighton Buzzard. The town is the third largest in the county and it’s absolutely right that the new Operation Sentinel Team has been deployed there at a very early stage and has produced such a result.

“I promised more visible policing at a public meeting earlier this summer and that’s exactly what’s happening as a result of both Operation Sentinel and its own new Community Sergeant and constables concentrating on driving down crime in the town. They still need the help of local people and I would urge anyone to call 101 to pass on vital crime intelligence to the team which is devoted to policing you can see in Leighton Buzzard.”

Leading the team is Sergeant Lou Bates, who said: “This was a fantastic result for the Sentinel team, especially as the force is currently having a drive against knife related crime. I’d like to thank and praise the officers involved, and look forward to similar successful results now the team is in place.”

Operation Sentinel is a force wide commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour, and was initially launched in Luton in March 2016, and has successfully led to a number of brothels and drug dens being closed down in the area, as well as multiple arrests for drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Leighton Buzzard has seen a new community team which comprises a Sergeant and eight constables who will be carrying out targeted police patrols in the community, addressing the priority issues that matter most to residents. This will include drug dealing, nuisance youths, dangerous motorcyclists, and street drinking.