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PCC talks CCTV and business crime in West Somerset on community day


PCC Sue Mountstevens with Watchet Mayor and local Town Councillors

West Somerset welcomed Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her latest community out and about day on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

The day began in Watchet to find out more about their newly installed CCTV camera set-up, before the PCC travelled to Henlade near Taunton to discuss business crime with a local business networking group.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Watchet and meeting the Mayor and local councillors. It’s great to not only hear how the Community Safety Grant funding is helping the local community but also to be able to physically see it helping keep local people safe and feeling safe.

"It is only by visiting the local community and speaking to local people that I be the voice of local people and ensure that that voice of the local community is represented."

On arrival at Watchet, the PCC met with local Councillors to have a walkabout in the town and view the new CCTV systems that have recently been installed following funding from the PCC’s Community Safety Grant.

Cllr Loretta Whetlor, Mayor of Watchet said: "It was such an honour to meet Sue Mountstevens and show her around our quaint and lovely town.  Watchet Town Council is very grateful for the funding the PCC provided from the Community Safety Budget to enable a CCTV system to be installed in Watchet. It contributes to a safe environment for us all to work and live in.  We all found Sue Mountstevens to be very approachable and the opportunity to discuss town matters face to face with her was very welcome".

Other Town Councillors who met with the PCC and accompanied her on the walk about included Cllr Cosmo Johnson, Cllr John Irven, Cllr Peter Murphy (Deputy-Mayor) and Cllr Robin Nuttall.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Deputy-Mayor of Watchet said: "It was good to meet Sue Mountstevens and her positive comments about the town were very encouraging.  We were pleased to assure Ms Mountstevens that the CCTV system was already proving a useful resource in crime detection and providing reassurance to the town’s businesses and residents".

In the afternoon, the PCC joined partners of Francis Clark Accountants for their business networking event, where she was invited to tell them more about her Business Crime Forum.

PCC Sue Mountstevens established a Business Crime Forum to enable an open dialogue between the police, business groups, Business Crime Reduction Partnerships and local businesses to identify their issues and priorities to inform a business crime plan. You can find out more about the Business Crime Forum by visiting www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk

The PCC is committed to spending at least one day a week out and about in the community and if you would like her to visit you please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

Posted on Monday 9th February 2015
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