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Ashfield District Council Community Protection Officers steak out shop lifters

Ashfield District Council’s Community Protection Team have been busy serving the community throughout lockdown.

On top of their recent efforts assisting with the Community Hub, the Community Protection Officers have also been busy issuing Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, engaging residents about social distancing, supporting Nottinghamshire Police and responding to incidents throughout Ashfield.

One of these incidents happened whilst on routine patrol on The Lawn, Sutton, on 11th August, Community Protection Officers (CPOs) discovered a young person who had been badly assaulted. The CPOs reported the incident to Nottinghamshire Police and provided first aid assistance at the scene. They then escorted the young person and their mother to Kings Mill for further treatment. 

Later that same week on 16th August, CPOs received intelligence that two people had stolen meat from the Co-op in Kirkby. The Council CPOs spotted the suspects, following an area search, and monitored their activity whilst they informed the police of their whereabouts. This led to the pair being arrested by the police.  

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Ashfield District Council, said

“This is a perfect example of partnership working and how important it is that we continue our close working relationship with Nottinghamshire Police.
“The Community Protection team have been working extremely hard throughout lockdown, from doing welfare checks on vulnerable residents to regular patrols of the District. They have been providing an invaluable service to the residents of Ashfield.
“We will continue to work closely with Nottinghamshire Police wherever possible as we are committed to ensuring our residents feel safe in their community.”