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Officers and residents unite for Week of Action

27 May 2018 Local News

Stoke North Neighbourhood Policing Team has delivered another action-packed community week, this time in Mill Hill and Stanfield.

Police community support officers (PCSOs) located at the mobile police station on Sunnyside Avenue, Tunstall Park and Stanfield have been promoting crime prevention and public safety alongside colleagues from partner agencies.

Traffic operations with colleagues from the force’s Tactical Support Team and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have taken place to enforce road safety with a number of vehicles being seized for no tax and MOT or serious defects. In one morning alone, nine drivers were reported for not having their children safely secured in their vehicles. A stolen car was also located and recovered by officers in Mill Hill following information from members of the community.

Local schools St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy and Mill Hill Primary School have taken part in community litter picks in the area. PCSO Kirsty Lovatt delivered an internet safety talk to key stage two pupils at St Wilfrids and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service delivered a grass fire talk to the same age group at Mill Hill Primary.

Positive enforcement took place in the form of a drugs warrant at an address on Beckton Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, but drugs, paraphernalia and weapons were recovered by officers.

The ‘Information Breakfast’ held on Thursday at Floral Hall in Tunstall was incredibly popular with local residents, who had the opportunity to meet local officers and around 20 partner organisations. Advice was given on housing, education, training and employment, amongst many other topics.

In Tunstall Park, several sporting activities took place on Thursday evening to engage with younger members of the community along with a ‘cycle repair workshop’, kindly hosted by Plant Cycle Repair.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council provided cleansing of the area and fly tipping removal, as well as installation of illegal use of motorbikes signs and tree and grass cutting. The fire service also completed safe and well visits, completing fire risk safety checks and installing smoke detectors. The Department of Work and Pensions visited residents to offer support.

Local PCSO, Kirsty Lovatt, who organised the event said: “I have covered the Mill Hill and Stanfield area for over four years and it has been a great privilege to organise a ‘week of action’ for the area. Overall, the week has been very successful.

“Different partner agencies have worked together to make a positive impact on the area and the involvement of local schools has given children the chance to get involved with improving the community in which they live in.”

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