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'Watch over every street' a step closer

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

By Scott Haley and Hollie Bone

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A HIGH-POWERED campaign launched to get every street in Newquay signed up to Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has moved a step closer to becoming a reality following a successful meeting.

The initiative, launched by Newquay police, was created in a bid to make the town a safer place.

It was met with enthusiasm by all present at a meeting at Newquay Police Station last Monday attended by residents and councillors.

The plan will now be pitched at the town's full council meeting tonight.

Newquay Central Cornwall councillor, Geoff Brown, who attended the meeting, said: "I would like to congratulate Inspector Meredith and the Neighbourhood Watch team for their inspired efforts to enhance public safety through the use of modern communications.

"I was delighted to join a large gathering of concerned residents at the police station this week to learn more about the scheme which I wholeheartedly support."

Rob Patterson, chairman of Restormel District NHW forum, believes the campaign is a must if crime rates are to be lowered in the Restormel area.

He added: "There are more than 300 streets in Newquay and only 18 to 20 per cent have NHW, which is poor.

"We need to get the word out, starting next Wednesday when Dave and I will be at the Newquay full council meeting."

The aim is to establish the scheme in every street, as well as find a co-ordinator on each to liaise with police and disseminate information to residents and back to the force.

Street co-ordinators will act as a 'postbox' who will be supplied with NHW joining forms which they will give to all residents in their area.

The forms will then be completed by local residents and handed back to the 'postbox', before being forwarded to Newquay's NHW office who will arrange a meeting in that area with the intention of forming a local NHW and identifying a co-ordinator.

The event was presented by Inspector Dave Meredith, who declared the meeting a "great success". He said:

"I would appeal to the people of Newquay to make every effort to become NHW volunteers."

A 'postbox' is a volunteer resident who identifies levels of interest in starting street schemes.

Any reader who wishes to become a 'postbox' should e-mail details to: ciosnbmnewquay@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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