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ASB spotlight on first community day


Visit to Hamp community centre


Today Avon and Somerset’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens hit the road for her first community day in the policing district of Somerset West.

This morning Ms Mountstevens joined Somerset West’s Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley in his tasking meeting, before going out with the award winning Taunton East Beat Team.

Ms Mountstevens visited Taunton Academy (South) in Lyngford, Halcon Link centre and chatted to Sergeant Andy Murphy in Priorswood about one of her priorities anti-social behaviour.

In the afternoon Ms Mountstevens visited Bridgwater to meetresidents, Sedgemoor District councillors and officers, and Environment Agencyworkers at Westover's Browne’s pond.

Hard working volunteers have spent months cleaning up thearea to make their community safer and tackle anti-social behaviour. TheFriends of Browne’s Pond is being heralded as a model for community involvementin the environment.

Volunteer Lynda Duthie said: “There were four of us pickingup litter two or three times a day, we thought that if we could stop the placelooking like a ghetto then people would treat the place better. We've been verylucky with other agencies supporting us and now this is a place for the wholecommunity.”

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens said: “Thiswork is key and exactly what I want to support. You know what the problem isand you have looked at ways of solving it. Solutions to this type of problem will only be resolved through groupsof partners and the community working together. This is only my second day and Iam pleased that I could use my new role to listen to what is going on and seewhat is working for you and your community.”

At the end of the visit the Chair of Sedgemoor DistrictCouncil Gill Slocombe thanked the new Commissioner for visiting Sedgemoor, shesaid: “To think you have come to dear old Bridgwater on your second day inoffice, we are really honoured.

“This project is team work, people working together andcaring for their community and you [PCC] need people like us caring for theircommunity. I can definitely say you have started your week in the right place.”


Posted on Friday 23rd November 2012
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