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A SCHEME which sees volunteers patrolling the streets on the lookout for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity will launch in Great Cornard next week.

Street Watch is an initiative to promote good citizenship, encouraging residents to take ownership of their public spaces with high-visibility patrols.

The scheme has been run successfully in other parts of the country, but the 11 volunteers who have signed up in Great Cornard are joining Babergh’s first project of this type in the area.

On Tuesday these volunteers will be receiving their high visibility jackets at the Stevenson Centre and instructions from Street Watch co-ordinator, Sgt Sarah Shrubshall, before setting off on their first patrols.

Insp Paul Crick said: “I’m delighted that Great Cornard Street Watch is up and running.

“By playing an active part in their community, the group of volunteers will be helping to reduce crime, make policing and the services of partner agencies more accessible, and generally make Great Cornard an even safer place to live.”

On the day of the Royal wedding, next Friday, some of the volunteers will also be attending the Clover Court Street Fair, meeting about 400 members of the community.

“Street Watch is regulated through operating guidance, codes of conduct and all members undergo a local police check,” said Insp Crick.

“It is also covered by full public liability and injury insurance. Each scheme costs an annual £500 and this covers insurance and high-visibility jackets for the volunteers.”

Great Cornard Street Watch is funded by Suffolk Police Authority.

Anyone who is interested in joining or forming a Street Watch in their neighbourhood can email street-watch@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

If you would like to join the volunteers in Great Cornard call Verity Line on 01284 774100.

For further information on Street Watch, visit www.street-watch.org.uk.