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Issue 10 Village Edition - New beat officer for Duffield...
John Midgley - Police Community Support Officer

Your regular column about combating crime in the neighbourhood written by John Midgley (pictured) and Paula Johnson.

John is one of several Police Community Support Officers patrolling our communities. You'll find their contact numbers and names by clicking here.

Hi everyone

An open forum for takes place early in December in conjunction with KINs (Key Individual Network) members to discuss any problems they feel need to be addressed. PCSO Midgley and PC Mick Shaw will be in attendance. The KINs panel will also discuss the priority profile problems and discuss any new ones for the next few months that need particular attention.

The current priority profile problems are speeding vehicles in Kilburn; nuisance bikes in Holbrook and persons buying alcohol for underage children in Kilburn.

A new HandyVan service is just starting in Amber Valley at the moment.   It’s for the over 60's and all sorts of jobs can be done in people’s homes, free of charge, to make residents safer. The number to ring to make an appointment is 0845 850 8013.

Darren Heithus the beat officer for Duffield has recently moved into a new job role in the British Transport Police – he would like to thank all of the community for being so approachable and friendly.

Your new beat officer for Duffield/rural is Dave Stephenson who served with the force for 23 years. He was previously the beat officer in Ironville and is looking forward to the new challenge.

Dave has been working with Paula in the Duffield area since 15 October and he has been familiarising himself with the local area, the local problems and getting to know members of the public. Dave is a very approachable person and we urge you all when you see him out pounding the beat to go over and say hello and tell him of any local problems or concerns. He will be very happy to help and take steps to solve any problems you have.

In the last article we mentioned problems of motorbikes and dirt bikes in the Milford and Makeney area. This is continuing with cars revving engines and bikes racing up and down roads, some riders without helmets on. If anyone witnesses this please do get in touch – our numbers are on the Useful Telephone Numbers page.

Thanks, take care and have a Very Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John and Paula

Paula Johnson and John Midgley - Police Community Support Officers
PCSO Paula Johnson and PCSO John Midgley

Issue 2 Belper Edition - Motorcycle education day a success...
PC Barry Bacon

Your new, regular column about combating crime in the neighbourhood. Written by PC Barry Bacon (pictured), PC Julie Wreford and Police Community Support Officer Steven Slater.

You'll find their contact numbers and names by clicking here.

Hi everyone.

First of all let us introduce ourselves. We are the new Belper Town area Safer Neighbourhood Police Team, which is made up of PC Barry Bacon, PC Julie Wreford and PCSO Steve Slater. We will be working with the local community to address local issues within the Belper Town area. This will be through working with the local community and developing local contacts to resolve local issues which matter to you.

We are currently monitoring problems regarding nuisance behaviour in both the Gregorys Way area and the Mill Lane area as well as speeding in various areas in Belper, as reported to us by members of the public. If anybody is found underage drinking, causing nuisance problems and disturbances, they will be dealt with appropriately. We have also made numerous speed gun checks on the area to combat the problem of speeding on local roads, and we will continue to do so. We need your help to combat these problems. If you witness any incidents, please do not hesitate to call us on 0845 123 3333 to report any issues.

On Wednesday 29th October 2008, we had a hugely successful groundbreaking motorcycle rider education day at Belper School in which the local youth experienced first hand the responsibilities of owning and operating a moped. Particular emphasis was placed upon road safety and the dangers of irresponsible riding. This was the first event of its type held in Derbyshire and owing to its success is sure to be repeated.

Following on from this, Derbyshire Police Speedwatch Campaign is in full swing. The aim of this is to discourage dangerous driving with the help and assistance of voluntary members of your community. Members of the public will not be able to stop drivers but those who are caught and identified, will be sent warning letters by the Police. Officers would accompany volunteers whilst out and about in the identified areas. If anyone is interested in participating in this scheme, please contact us on the non-emergency number and we will aim to develop the scheme in the Belper Town area.

Thanks for reading, and watch this space for further exciting developments.

Have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful start to 2009.

Barry, Steve and Julie Belper Safer Neighbourhood Team

Belper Police - PC Barry Bacon and PCSO Steven Slater
(L to R) - PC Barry Bacon and PCSO Steven Slater

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