I start this column by informing the readers that the Safer
Neighbourhood Team has lost a very valuable member of staff.
PCSO Karen Pride has been head-hunted to take part in a pilot
scheme at The Queen Elizabeth School. Karen will be undertaking
her role as a Police and Community Support Officer in the school
to assist Pc Dianne Curley who is the schools liaison officer.
Karen will be a big loss to the team as her local knowledge is
highly valued and she has built up a fantastic rapport with the
local community. However, PCSO Matthew Cooper starts with the
team this week.
With relation to current crimes the trend appears to revolve
around vehicle crime. Whether it be property stolen from vehicles,
vehicles stolen or damaged.
The crime prevention advice that I can offer may help
reduce these occurrences happening again. When it
comes to thefts from vehicles it doesn’t take a genius
to realise what I am going to tell you.
- Always remove the reason that a criminal will break into
your vehicle. Do not leave anything valuable on show.
l Make sure your vehicle is locked and the windows are
secured and fully wound shut. Look at having an alarm fitted
to the vehicle.
- When the vehicle is at home can it be garaged or parked
away from the roadside? A vehicle parked on a driveway is
far less likely to be broken into than parked in the road.
- Are you able to fit a CCTV camera to the outside of your
property which can monitor your vehicle and protect your
house at the same time?
- If you have to park your vehicle on the roadside make sure
it can be seen by other motorists and is parked near to
artificial lighting during the hours of darkness.
- Never leave your vehicle keys on show. If you are out and
about leave them in a trusty pocket (not one with a hole in
it like mine) or in a secure draw/cupboard if you are relaxing
at home as a large number of vehicles are stolen with the keys.
- I will also mention that as the months become warmer people
tend to leave their windows and doors open to allow fresh air
to flow through. This is an invitation to your local burglar to
take your things. Please be vigilant and if you are going to
leave your windows open remember to shut and lock them
when you leave your home.
Another problem has arisen since the weather has turned for
the better. Local youths have decided to use Gleadthorpe Farm
Reservoir as the local lido. This is extremely dangerous as there are
no lifeguards and the youths are known to be using this area to
swim after consuming large amounts of alcohol. That is additional
to the damage that can be caused to the lining of the reservoir. If
your children are coming home wet through on a dry summers
day please ask them the question why and point out the dangers
of swimming in an unguarded reservoir which also contravenes
the civil trespassing act.
On a lighter note, the youths that attend the fortnightly five a
side game against the police are still being taught a harsh lesson
in football. I am also still hopeful that I can get the Divisional
Commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Nickless, to turn out
for the police team. The boss was once a decent goal keeper and
has had the pleasure of playing in the same side as me during our
youthful years. Fingers crossed.
I finish off by thanking PCSO’s Dee Eyre, Gina Fletcher and Karen
Pride for their hard work and dedication to the communities
whilst Pc Booler was away. All three have worked longer hours and
extra shifts in an attempt to keep anti-social behaviour incidents
to a manageable level and have worked extremely hard.
Wayne Bennet - Police Constable 242
Birkland Beat Manager
- Mark Dennis - Neighbourhood Warden
Responsible for Market Warsop tel: 07976 405 335
- MDC Moble Warden Team
Responsible for Church Warsop, Warsop Vale & Meden Vale
tel: 07791 481 678 or 01623 460 144
- Dee Eyre - Police Community Support Officer 7297
The PCSO for Meden Vale
- Karen Pride - Police Community Support Officer 9485
The PCSO for Market Warsop
- Gina Fletcher - Police Community Support Officer 8123
PCSO for Warsop Vale and Church Warsop
- David Booler - Police Constable 2658
Church Warsop Beat Officer, tel: 07742 378 475
- Wayne Bennet - Police Constable 242
Market Warsop Beat Officer, tel: 07729 090 967
Please remember that if you are reporting a crime you
need to contact Mansfield Police Station on 01623 420999
or in the event of an emergency to ring 999.
Warsop Police Station’s telephone number is
01623 420999 ext 3270
and is staffed by Wendy Patterson,
Monday to Friday, between 10am and 2pm.
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
is also free and anonymous to use