Volunteers hit the streets

A NEW initiative using volunteers to patrol the streets on the lookout for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity began with a royal flourish.

Twelve people volunteered to join Great Cornard Street Watch – a scheme which aims to promote good citizenship and a strong community by encouraging residents to take ownership of their public spaces.

Last week, the group – the first of its kind in Babergh – held its first meeting, before joining about 400 people at the Clover Court street fair to celebrate the Royal wedding.

Chairman Terry Moore, a police support volunteer in Sudbury, said: “Cornard is already a safe area – we will do our best to try to make a difference and make it even safer.

“We want to become regular faces in the community that people know and trust.

“If there is a problem, people can tell someone and we will try to help.”

Insp Paul Crick of Sudbury Police said: “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.”

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

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