Police to meet with residents in supermarket
POLICE are hoping a trip to the supermarket could change people’s lives.
A new Cuppa With A Copper scheme has been launched at Leigh's ASDA superstore.
It is a new four-weekly event which sees Leigh's local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Community Engagement Officers from Wigan Leigh Housing (WALH) take over the in Atherleigh Way to share a brew and swap views with the local community.
Leigh PCSO Les Welch said: “We do a lot of targeted work and surgeries in the community but this is something a little bit more informal. We’re here all day to talk with shoppers about whatever crime and community safety issues they are concerned about and offer some hints and tips on crime prevention measures.”
The officers offer passers-by a cup of tea and biscuits as a bit of ‘time-out’ from all that busy shopping.
“The key issues that concern people are about car crime such as theft and damage and anti-social behaviour,” said PCSO Welch. “So it’s also a good opportunity for us to gather some good information about what is happening in the community.
“Often people with crime and community safety concerns will be reluctant for us to come to their homes so this is a good way to meet up and discuss issues in complete confidence.”
He added: “It’s also a good opportunity for us to meet and chat with the children and young people and help to break down any barriers that may exist.”
At the first session the advice on combating car crime and giveaway special watermarking pens proved popular with the shopping public.
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