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Village crime and disorder crackdown

Posted on January 20 2008 at 3:11:06

Alcohol-free zone

Villagers who feel crime and disorder blight life in Alvechurch will welcome two New Year initiatives.

Inspired by feedback at community meetings over the past two years, police and local authorities have established an alcohol-free zone around most of the village.

At the same time, a Neighbourhood Watch group has been formed to help to deter burglars and other criminals.

The drink crackdown came into force on January 25 and signs have been put up showing the extent of the zone. Failure to hand over open bottles and cans within the zone is an arrestable offence.

Police can issue on-the-spot penalty notices and if people are found in breach of the new order, they will be fined £50.

Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth said: “We are determined to do all we can to stamp out anti-social behaviour because we want people to feel safe.”

Local Policing Officer PC Lucy Thornton said: “The decision to make the village of Alvechurch an alcohol-free zone followed extensive consultation with members of the local community.”

The new Neighbourhood Watch group covers six roads – Latimer Road, Bear Hill Drive, Hinton Avenue, Blythes Way, Tanyard Lane and Brookside Close – and Community Support Officer Pippa Church, who set it up, is hoping to expand it into other areas of the village.

CSO Church said: “We thought Alvechurch would benefit from a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and the reaction from residents has been very positive.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Alvechurch can contact CSO Church at Wythall Police Station on 08457 444888.

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