New neighbourhood policing team

PUBLISHED: 14:29 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

Saffron Walden's PCSO team

Saffron Walden's PCSO team

BOBBIES are back on the beat in Saffron Walden and tackling the issues that people are most concerned about. A new neighbourhood policing team, which is building stronger links with people in the town and the surrounding villages, introduced themselves to

BOBBIES are back on the beat in Saffron Walden and tackling the issues that people are most concerned about.

A new neighbourhood policing team, which is building stronger links with people in the town and the surrounding villages, introduced themselves to the Reporter on Monday.

Sgt Mick Ashton said: "This is about going back to basics with policing and finding out what the problems are in the area and getting them solved.

"Regular neighbourhood action panel (NAP) meetings with the police and key members of the community will be held to identify what the main areas of concern are."

Specialist neighbourhood police officers provide dedicated policing in a particular area and give people a familiar face who they can contact.

Responsible for Saffron Walden town is PC Scott Lloyd, 32, who is backed up by two police community support officers (PCSOs), Chris Barrett and Jill Law.

On the beat in Thaxted and Newport is PC Dawn Bamford, 28, with help from PCSOs Rose Clarey and Mike O'Donnell-Smith. And looking after Great Chesterford and Clavering is PC Sonia Grayland, 29, and PCSO Andy Davis.

Running the neighbourhood teams are Insp Kevin Wakefield and Sgt Ashton.

PC Lloyd said: "Every five weeks we hold a NAP meeting in Saffron Walden Town Hall. The issues that were highlighted by the public at the last meeting were graffiti, speeding and antisocial behaviour.

"We are tackling antisocial behaviour by working with the council on problems such as littering on the Common. We can now issue a fixed penalty fine to the people responsible.

"It's very rewarding to work with people in the town and hopefully people will get a chance to know me."

The neighbourhood officers for Thaxted and Clavering are also working on similar issues in their areas.

Sgt Ashton said: "This is a multi-agency approach and we are working with lots of different groups to solve these problems. For example, we're working with youth groups so teenagers can do street art legally.

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