29th Jan, 2020

Charford gets new Neighbourhood Watch scheme to clampdown on crime and anti-social behaviour

Harry Leach 21st Sep, 2019

A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch scheme has been set up in Charford in a bid to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Charford Watch is led by resident Patrick Proudfoot and comes off the back of the residents’ meeting held between councillors, the police and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust earlier this year.

Patrick said: “It is wonderful to see the people getting together to make Charford an estate that people want to live on and that they are willing to fight back against the idiots who find causing alarm to decent law-abiding folk some sort of perverse joke.

“It may be pointless but I sincerely hope those who aggravate and abet this behaviour by drug-dealing on the estate will see it as a bad move to mess on their own doorstep and cease and desist in their criminal behaviour.

“As for drivers who have used parts of the estate and the surrounding area as their personal racing circuit, let me tell you, cameras will be out and about.”

An inaugural meeting has taken place between residents, which included Labour leader Coun Michael Thompson and chair of the Bromsgrove District Neighbourhood Watch group, John Ellis.

Coun Thompson said: “I was delighted to support Patrick with this idea and when we are fully up and running, I intend to get as much funding and support towards it as I can.

“I am hoping the group can take advantage of the new deployable mobile CCTV scheme which the council will be rolling out soon.”

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