Volunteers needed for scheme

RESIDENTS on a Sudbury road are being encouraged to join a new partnership aimed at improving their neighbourhood.

The Street Watch scheme works alongside Suffolk Police and consists of volunteers walking the streets in pairs to provide a visible presence and promote good citizenship.

A similar scheme has been hailed a success since being launched in Great Cornard in April, and now organisers want to recruit volunteers from Tudor Road, Sudbury.

Babergh crime reduction officer Verity Line said: “The scheme is all about community spirit and giving residents the chance to take back their local area from things like anti-social behaviour.

“For some residents, particularly the elderly, youths and anti-social behaviour can be very intimidating.”

Volunteers are asked to patrol their area for two hours a month in high-visibility jackets. A minimum of six people are required to start a scheme and volunteers must be aged between 18 and 75 years old.

Mrs Line said: “The patrols aren’t replacing police – the idea is that residents with an interest in their own communities can deal with inquiries from residents and report problems to us.”

Flyers have been put through residents’ doors and it is hoped a scheme can be set up by July.

Anyone who is interested should email street-watch@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or visit www.street-watch.co.uk.