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Stopping crime before it starts is the plan behind a new residential development in Swindon visited by home secreta...
Stopping crime before it starts is the plan behind a new residential development in Swindon visited by home secretary Michael Howard today.

The Haydon Sector Development, at Blunston, Swindon, is the result of partnership between a large range of agencies, organisations and individuals aiming to build a safe community.

The development will cover over two square miles, with a future population of 30,000. More than 100 houses are now occupied.

A full-time police officer, PC Paul Kidson, has been appointed to take a lead role in helping the partners work together, as well as to carry out Home Office-funded research into measures needed to reduce the risk of crime.

Another police beat officer took up his post even before the first resident moved in, to keep an eye on the area.

'A simple, sensible solution in the planning stages is often the way to combat crime problems which can cause such misery later,' Mr Howard said.

'Frustrating the criminal must become a core aim of any planning brief.

'The Home Office is helping to fund the research being carried out here by PC Paul Kidson. This will help others learn from the experience gained here at the Haydon Sector.

'I want those who matter - those who make the planning decisions - to consider crime prevention in the earliest possible planning stages of a project'.

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