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PCC Sue Mountstevens spends community day in Sedgemoor


Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has been out in Sedgemoor visiting local projects and meeting residents.

On Thursday, October 29th, Sue visited a number of projects in Cheddar, Bridgwater and Burnham-on-sea to hear about the services they are providing to local people. Throughout the day the PCC visited the Cheddar Speed watch team, Sedgemoor Lifeline, Somewhere House and IMPACT pathways.

Sue’s first visit was with the Cheddar SpeedWatch team, a locally driven initiative where volunteers from the community monitor the speeds of vehicles passing through the village. This was followed by find out more about Sedgemoor Lifeline, a 24 hour service offering assistance to people living in the community including vulnerable individuals, victims of domestic abuse.

During her visit with the Cheddar SpeedWatch team, Sue met with the team’s co-ordinator, Police and Community Support Officer (PCSO) Mike Shaw. Talking about the visit he said: "It’s great to have Sue here to meet the volunteers who dedicate their own time to making Cheddar a safer place for both residents and tourists. As a SpeedWatch co-ordinator we are always looking for members of the public to volunteer in order to detect and deter speeding from our local communities."

Speaking after the visit, Sue Said: "It’s great meeting volunteers from the SpeedWatch team and seeing the work they are doing. You can really see the impact they are having and the dedication they put in to making their local area a better and safer place for everyone. I would encourage anyone to volunteer in their local SpeedWatch team and together with the police we can work towards making our roads a safer place."

To find out more about joining your local Community SpeedWatch visit the Police’s website here.

Sue’s third visit of the day was to Somewhere House, a residential rehab centre for people seeking help with addictions. They provide treatment and support to individuals who are looking at making positive changes in their lives. Sue’s final visit of the day was to IMPACT Pathways, a multiagency team working to effectively target and engage with prolific offenders in serious acquisitive crime to address the causes of their offending to break the cycle of crime.

One of the people Sue met with at Somewhere House was Manager Angie Clarke who said: "It was great to spend time with someone who appreciates the work which we at Somewhere House are passionate about and recognise, like yourself, the needs of a vulnerable client group who are often misunderstood by society through poor judgements."

In the evening PCC Sue Mountstevens was invited to attend and speak at the Moors Parish Cluster Group. If you would like the PCC to visit you and your local community then please feel free to get in touch.

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Posted on Friday 30th October 2015
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