Community Policing

Your local Police Community Support team now consists of PCSO 8891 Brian Harbon, PCSO 16662 Hilary Barrett and a new Member, PCSO 25049 Andrea Horsnall. For more information about our PCSO’s please visit the PCSO Home Page on the parish Website.

1st August 2017
Youths on bicycles in Shenstone
One of the things that has concerned me with regards to the behaviour of youths on their bikes on the roads in Shenstone, is the fact that they have nowhere safe to practice the tricks that seem important to them. A few months ago, the Chairman of Playing Fields Committee was contacted and this very problem was discussed; it was agreed that the youths could use the playing fields to practice their bike skills providing they stayed out of the play areas and did not cause harassment, alarm or distress to other users in the park. This only partially solved the problem as, when talking to many of them, we have been told that they prefer to use a path or road. This was discussed at the recent Playing Fields Committee meeting and consent was given for the youths to use the carpark by the tennis courts when it is not being used by vehicles. We continue to engage with them and remind them of the danger they are to themselves and others if they use the roads in a reckless manner.

Staffordshire Police Junior Cadets
Just prior to the end of the summer term, 30 Year 6 pupils from Greysbrooke Primary School in Shenstone and 28 Year 6 pupils from St. Peter’s Church of England Primary Academy in Stonnall, were awarded their certificates, t-shirts, badges and caps for completing the Junior Cadets course with Staffordshire Police. The pupils have been a real joy to work with and a credit to their families and schools. The eigh- hour course aims to strengthen links between the Police and young people in the community. The sessions were designed to develop the pupils’ communication skills, respect for others, develop awareness of what it means to be a responsible member of society and learn something about the role of the Police in keeping our communities safe. Both schools have expressed interest in running the course next summer which I am really excited about. Shenstone Lodge will also be running the course in the new academic year.

Graffiti and Fly-tipping
The graffiti on the bridge over the river on Footherly Lane and the dumping of dustbin liners of rubbish was recently reported to Lichfield District Council and within days the stonework had been cleaned and the rubbish removed. Such prompt care in the community is really appreciated. If you come across the results of such antisocial behavior, please contact the Council on 01543 308000 and select option 2, Environmental Health and Street Scene. The call taker will record the details of the incident and create a job for the appropriate service.

Fraud
Please be aware of fraudulent phone calls or being made or emails being sent to individuals attempting to obtain personal information. These are not cold callers trying to sell you something, they are people pretending to represent a bank or company you may already have dealings with. They often try to induce a sense of emergency in the receiver by making them think that their account is in danger of being hacked. Recently members of the public have spoken to me about bogus callers from the BT and bogus emails from the Bank of Scotland. Under no circumstance give any personal information or banking details out to anyone over the phone. Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 for advice about fraud or cyber-crime. You can report fraud or cyber-crime any time of the day or night by using the online fraud reporting tool on their web site www.actionfraud.police.uk.