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Inspector Donna Lawton's blog: November 2017

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Well it has been another busy month! There has been lots happening within the area. Officers have been talking to you about crime prevention on the run up to Christmas, not just about leaving items on show in your homes but keeping purses and wallets close by when and out and about. Do not let others spoil your festivities! As the evenings are getting darker please think about leaving lights on and drawing curtains and blinds to protect your home from prying eyes. Our social media pages have lots of really useful Crime Prevention advice or better still speak to our officers when you see them.

PCSO's have been attending local Schools across both areas and working with children about a whole range of things. This will hopefully build strong relationships and let children know we are only human and we only ever want to help.

On the subject of PCSO's, PCSO Marc Prangnell based in the Meadows assisted a lady who had suffered a stroke. Members of the public had found her just before Marc did. Thank you for helping, the community really does support each other when needed. Marc assisted the lady in very frightening circumstances for her as you can imagine. When the ambulance came it was clear Marc's actions had made a significant difference. We all want to help people but situations like this have an impact on us too, it is never pleasant to witness people in distress but to be able to help is a privilege.

I attended a meeting at the Cornerstone at Clifton on Wednesday 23rd November during the evening with Sergeant Paul Ferguson, PCC Paddy Tipping and MP Lillian Greenwood. It was well represented and lots of you came. I was incredibly impressed with your passion about Clifton and please trust me when I say our policing team feel the same way. I do understand your concerns about crime and the team and I will always listen. Hopefully we will have more of these meetings and we can all work together on some exciting projects making our area safer. I will reiterate my point about Facebook, please tell us directly. Community Facebooks are great but as demonstrated during the meeting what you think has been reported to us has not.

As we approach December the team and I will be out and about at a number of locations. Please come and say hello, you can always be assured we want to see you.