We will miss beat bobby Andy

February 01 2018

LAST month was the end of an era as my colleague PC Andrew Cox retired. He’s been the beat manager for Hanham and Longwell Green for the past 11 years.

LAST month was the end of an era as my colleague PC Andrew Cox retired. He’s been the beat manager for Hanham and Longwell Green for the past 11 years. 

The occasion was marked by Hanham Abbotts Parish councillors with a presentation at their meeting, which just goes to show how well thought of he is. 

The neighbourhood policing team will miss Andy and his boots will be difficult to fill. We’ll let you know when his replacement is in post.

In January the Cadbury Heath beat team joined with the Juice Community Project and Merlin Housing to put on a performance of Scambusters – a play which gets doorstep crime prevention advice across to older audiences.

There have been recent reports of cold-callers offering to clear guttering and other repairs – or even claiming they have done – and demanding payment. Please help your vulnerable older relatives and friends with household maintenance and gardening to ensure they don’t fall victim to rogue traders.

Our top tips to beat doorstep crime are:

• Always use a door chain or check on a caller through the window or letterbox and if you’re not sure, don’t open the door

• Keep cash in the bank, not at home

• If you’re suspicious of a caller, report them straight away on 101. If you felt intimidated or alarmed, ring 999

Sergeant Darren Warr joined Kingswood councillors, Friends of Kingswood Park and local business representatives on a ‘walkabout’ of the town last month. The group identifies areas for improvement. These walkabouts will continue throughout the year.