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Commissioner thanks “superstar” Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

THIS Neighbourhood Watch Week (Saturday 5th – Friday 11th June), Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Darryl Preston is thanking superstar Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Carol Leonard for going above and beyond in her support for the delivery of the Safer Streets project, worth £546k.

Cambridgeshire received more than half a million pounds from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund in July to help keep communities safe. The investment was focused on improving home security for residents in the Arbury and West Chesterton areas of Cambridge.

In less than a year, nearly 800 free home security packs have been given to local people with security improvements carried out on nearly 200 homes by the Local Authority and the Bobby Scheme who deliver the scheme. Vulnerable residents also benefitted from home security assessments and advice from the Bobby Scheme.

Those delivering Safer Streets listened to residents who identified a problematic wall on Carlton Way which had become a hub for street drinking and anti-social behaviour. Many residents had described how intimidated they felt when passing through the area. The Safer Streets project team successfully worked with partners to tear down the wall and as a result, street drinkers no longer congregate in that area. One local resident said, “Taking down the wall has been the best thing, everyone feels much happier using the ATM now and are using the shops more.”

“Since its inception, Safer Streets has aimed to deliver grass roots interventions which are driven by the community, for the community,” said Darryl.

“Everyone involved in the project has gone above and beyond, however during Neighbourhood Watch Week, I want to say a special thank you to Carol (Cambridge City Watch Coordinator) for her dedication to delivering the project so successfully.”

Robin Sutton, Chair of Neighbourhood Watch Cambridgeshire added:

“Carol’s enthusiasm for Safer Streets has not only helped to build a safer community where she lives but is reflected in a growth in Neighbourhood Watch membership which we are seeing in her area.”

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