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Local Man Concerned About Proximity Between Ice Fisherman And Neighborhood Children

The following information came from the Westford Police Department.

Jan. 29, 10:42 a.m. – A resident came to the Westford Police Station asking for advice on how to contact a contractor who had not finished work he had been contracted to complete.

Police told the man that this sounded like a civil dispute and to contact the Ayer District Court for more advice.

No further information was given.

Jan. 30, 10:52 p.m. – While on patrol, an officer was dispatched to Long Road for reports of suspicious activity going on at Long-Sought-for Pond. The officer was advised that the person calling police believed he saw a camouflaged man watching children ice skate as he was fishing on the pond.

The resident said two children were playing hockey near his residence and it was suspicious that the man chose to fish so close to the children since the pond was so large.

Additionally, the man had his cell phone out, so the resident believed the fisherman may have been videotaping the children.

The officer went out on the ice to talk to the fisherman, who said he had begun fishing before the children arrived.

Although the fisherman had a thick accent, the officer discovered the fisherman was sending text messages and looking at the time.

The fisherman did have an active fishing license and was not wanted for any other crimes. He was asked to move to another part of the pond, which he did.

This information was conveyed to the resident.

Feb. 2, 6:22 p.m. – Dispatchers told an officer on patrol that they had been advised of “glass tapping and sparkler sounds” on Pershing Street.

The officer did not see anything fitting the description. At this point he talked to the person who called the police.

She reiterated that she heard glass tapping and sparkler sounds from the side of her house, although indicated it might have been from a squirrel that had been in her attic.

She thanked the officer for his time.