A SURGE in reports of sex workers, antisocial behaviour and drug dealing in Reading has led to increased police patrols in a number of roads.

A number of hotspots for this criminal activity are being patrolled by the force as set out in the neighbourhood team's recent newsletter.

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Thames Valley Police said: “Regular patrols are taking place in Battle Square for reassurance and Western Elms Avenue in response to reports of sex workers and drug dealers”.

It added closure orders are still in place on properties in Pride Court, Oxford Road and Chester Street which bans or limits who can enter the properties.

Issues involving drug dealing have also been brought to police attention elsewhere in Reading.

The force said: “There have been reports of drug dealing and drug taking in Waverley Road and Wantage Road.”

It said the team is undertaking regular high viz patrols in the area and attempting to identify the individuals involved.

It added: “If you have any information or see anything suspicious wherever you live, please report this.

"Even if it seems insignificant it could make all the difference.”

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Similarly, police said PCSOs have been out and about, patrolling areas reporting anti-social behaviour (ASB) including the alleyways in Emmer Green, Amersham Road Estate and Christchurch Meadows where there have been incidents of criminal activity.

Officers will also be patrolling Mapledurham Playing Fields which has reported a rise in ASB incidents as well as Caversham Park in response to reports of drug taking and drug dealing.

Properties in Bexley Court and Brunswick Street are currently under a closure order due to ASB issues and drug dealing issues.

Police patrols are being carried out to gain further information.

The force has urged people to report any suspicious behaviour or anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood by calling 101 or via the TVP website.

It said: “Photographs and videos are welcome but please do not put yourself at risk of confrontation.”