Crime group seeks volunteers

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a Pocklington neighbourhood watch group which has been preventing crime for the best part of 30 years.

Sherbuttgate Neighbourhood Watch, which started in 1983, wants community spirited individuals to join other residents by looking after a small number of houses.

The group was the first of its kind established within Humberside Police’s boundaries and the area it covers includes Sherbuttgate, Barmby Road and Yapham Road.

Maggie Consitt, who is the main co-ordinator, has been a member for around 10 years.

She said the group has been a success since it was formed and that crime is very rare in the area.

“It has been a success. We have very little crime and we don’t have a lot in Pocklington,” she said. Apart from looking out for crime, we pass on messages from the police to other people in the group.

“We keep people on their toes and make them aware of what is going on around them.”

The group’s main chairperson, Pete Nelson, who has been a member of Sherbuttgate Neighbourhood Watch from the start, believes the main role of the group is to support the police, by keeping an eye out for crime.

He explained: “We are wanting people who can be a point of contact in that little group and be a part of the system of information sharing with the police.

“It’s just being an extra pair of eyes and ears to support the police.”

Mr Nelson also pointed out that the area has very little crime.

He said: “Crime has never been an issue in Pocklington. There has been no major crime on the estate since the group started. Whether that is down to the neighbourhood watch, or the philosophy of neighbourhood watch, it is hard to say.”

The group currently has 13 co-ordinators and is looking for more people to help them combat crime.

Each member would be responsible for between 10 and 20 houses.

The group meets three times a year with officers from Pocklington Police to discuss general crime prevention issues. Members are not forced to attend the meetings.

If you are interested in being part of the group then contact Maggie Consitt on 303147 or Pete Nelson on 306340.