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Week of action and community engagement launches in Normacot

12 March 2018 Local News

Stoke South Local Policing Team have partnered with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and other third sector agencies to deliver a Week of Action in Normacot.

The initiative launches today (12 March) and promotes community engagement, crime prevention, health and well-being, public safety and environmental awareness in the Normacot area.

A number of early morning drugs raids kicked off proceedings today with drugs warrants executed on Buccleuch Road and Argyll Road. A 36-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested following a drugs find at the property on Buccleuch Road. He was also wanted for a previous offence of criminal damage. A 44-year-old man, also from Stoke-on-Trent, is currently being questioned by officers in connection with a cannabis cultivation on Argyll Road. In addition, UK Immigration have made two arrests in Normacot this morning.

Local residents will have the opportunity to meet partner organisations at a special Partner’s Day at the Westfield Children’s Centre tomorrow (13 March) where advice will be given on housing, benefits, education and training, employment, sexual health, debt and fire prevention amongst other topics. Residents will also be able to sign up to local Neighbourhood Watch and Smart Alert schemes.

On Wednesday morning (14 March), residents are invited to a World Café event at the Westfield Children’s Centre. This unique coffee morning concept will ask the people of Normacot to share their views about the local neighbourhood and to make suggestions about the future. The Community Clean Up operation also takes place on Wednesday with residents and the Environmental Crime Team, cleaning up the streets of Normacot.

On Friday (16 March), officers will spend the day visiting the three local primary schools in Normacot – Alexandra, Alexandra Junior and Belgrave – to deliver talks on internet safety. Pupils will also have the opportunity to meet our canine colleagues from the Dog’s Unit and sit inside our armed response vehicles.

Younger residents can take part in our Youth Club on Tuesday night and throughout the week, engagement teams from Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC will be organising games and activities. Team mascots, Pottermus and Boomer, will also be making an appearance!

Sergeant Nathan Hough from Stoke South Local Policing Team said: “During the Week of Action, there will clearly be a big focus on enforcement and we will be carrying out a number of operations as demonstrated by this morning’s raids.

“However, the real driving force behind this initiative is to engage with the local community and to work alongside the people of Normacot, to give them a voice, listen to their concerns and to provide opportunities for residents to meet partners and discuss everything from housing and benefits to environment and employment.

“This is the biggest community event we’ve ever undertaken in Stoke South and we hope we’ve provided an engaging and thought-provoking week for residents and set a precedent for change.”

Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “Our officers are out in the community, supporting residents and groups during the week. We will be at Westfield Children’s Centre tomorrow [Tuesday] letting residents know about services that they can access. This includes the work of our anti-social behavior team, so that if people have an issue in their community, we can support them with the right advice and take action as appropriate.”

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