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Local Conservatives work to set up Neighbourhood Watch network

Following their recent residents’ survey, local Conservatives in Coldharbour, Mottingham & New Eltham ward have been working to establish a network of local Neighbourhood Watch groups in the area. There has been a significant increase in burglaries – particularly in the New Eltham part of the ward, over the last few months – and this has caused understandable concern.

Cllr John Hills, Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst and local campaigner Matt Hartley are all members of the Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel, and meet with the local police team regularly.  They recently discussed with officers the actions they are taking to tackle the problem, and have been able to reassure residents on the doorstep that additional resources have been diverted to the ward and arrests have already been made.  Local police officers, bolstered by the addition of two extra PCs towards the end of last year, are very much on top of the problem.

Last year the Conservative team helped residents on Crossmead and Broad Lawn take the first steps in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch covering both roads, and in recent weeks they have been working to expand this proposal to other roads.

Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst said: "We have already had a lot of interest from residents interested in working with us to establish a Neighbourhood Watch in their roads, which has been terrific.  We now need more people to get involved to get the groups off the ground - and will be working hard to get this up and running as soon as possible."

Cllr John Hills said: "Our local police team are doing an excellent job in dealing with the recent increase in burglaries.  Our Neighbourhood Watch plan is one way the community can come together to help support this work - and make residents feel safer."

Local campaigner Matt Hartley, who is standing alongside John and Mandy in the council elections this year, added: "We are pleased that the local police team have been able to bring in additional resources to deal with these burglaries, and would like to thank them for the work they are doing.  On top of the 2 additional PCs that the team gained at the end of last year, this has made a real difference."

If any local resident would be interested in joining or helping run a Neighbourhood Watch in their road, they can contact the team by emailing CHNEwardteam@gmail.com, calling 07502 436016 or via Facebook or Twitter.

Residents in Coldharbour, Mottingham and New Eltham ward can also sign up for the local team's monthly 'Community News' email newsletter - now sent to more than 450 people - for updates on this and other local issues at http://emails.CHNEwardteam.com

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