Donkeys, drink and other duties

First published in Insp Jane Francis

How can it already be time to write the latest Malvern blog!

November 13th saw us blessed with glorious sunshine, and the whole district was bathed in warmth.

The Remembrance Parades are probably one of my favourite duties through out the calendar.

I started in Upton in the morning where I was approached by a very nice lady from Upton in Bloom who told me that she had read my blog.

So that probably makes an audience of one!

The children from Upton upon Severn Primary School were a credit as they proudly marched alongside the community members who had joined the Parade which culminated in a very moving service at the church.

The afternoon was spent in Malvern where the wreaths were laid at the memorial followed by a march to the Abbey.

I had the absolute pleasure of marching with some very mature ex soldiers one of whom in his mobility scooter was escorted by a colleague whom he fondly referred to as “the Colonel”. Gentlemen if you are reading this - “ thank you for your company!”

Once again the Abbey service did the town proud and the whole atmosphere was a mixture of sobriety and pride.

On a more sombre note the theft of lead continues to plague not only our Community but the nation as a whole.

In Malvern I have ensured we have dedicated patrols and we are working hard to try and establish where this stolen property is being disposed.

Pleasingly we have recovered some lead this week after a sharp eyed Special Constable alerted us to a suspicious vehicle and three males are currently on bail.

We have also had an eagle-eyed member of the public alert us to a male on a roof and at present that male too is assisting us with our enquiries.

Hopefully you will have seen the Team out and about promoting our “Lighten up” campaign. Please consider the use of a timer switch to make sure your home looks occupied at all times and provides you with a welcome when you return.

Our annual “Drink Drive “Campaign is well under way. People often ask me how much is “safe” to drink if they are driving.

My answer is always “NONE”.

Please please don’t risk everything for the sake of a drink. On a lighter note the month started off very much as the last ended with reports relating to animals!

Calls regarding a donkey on the loose kept us busy over a two-day period.

Some helpful sole did suggest that it was setting off to Bethlehem but luckily a much loved pet was reunited with a much relieved owner. Never a dull moment!

On a final note it only remains for me to wish you all a very safe and merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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12:46pm Sun 4 Dec 11

Cassiopeia says...

Insp. Francis
I note you end on 'prosperous new year' thats not likey for many of us in the current economic climate. I note with interest on the West Mercia Police web site there are cut backs and staff are being made redundant, how is this affecting Malvern and the other area you cover are we loosing PCSO's or officers as I note from your local policing pages we no longer have a dedicated constable for the Dyson or Priory wards.
Insp. Francis I note you end on 'prosperous new year' thats not likey for many of us in the current economic climate. I note with interest on the West Mercia Police web site there are cut backs and staff are being made redundant, how is this affecting Malvern and the other area you cover are we loosing PCSO's or officers as I note from your local policing pages we no longer have a dedicated constable for the Dyson or Priory wards. Cassiopeia
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1:54pm Thu 8 Dec 11

Inspector Jane FRANCIS says...

Cassiopia,First of all thank you for being the first reader to contact me on my blog.
Due to the fact that we have now reintroduced 24/7 Response Policing from Malvern I am in a position where I can re-evaluate the resources available to me and ensure that I have the right Officers in the right places at the right time.
You are right. Pc Cliff GREEN is the Link Local Police Officer and has now taken on the Dyson area. Cliff is an extremely well liked and respected Officer and with the two teams of CSO's now amalgamated the level of service will remain the same or indeed enhanced. For some time now the Chase and Priory areas have been the responsibility of Pc Jemma GREENOW,an experienced Officer who has worked for West Mercia for a number of years and enjoys a strong working relationship with her Team and Community. She too has a number of CSO's working alongside her.
Malvern Hills is and remains a safe place to live,work and spend lesiure time and much of it is as a direct result of the hard work of the whole Team,Local and Response who along with our partners agencies are dedictaed to making it such..
Cassiopia,First of all thank you for being the first reader to contact me on my blog. Due to the fact that we have now reintroduced 24/7 Response Policing from Malvern I am in a position where I can re-evaluate the resources available to me and ensure that I have the right Officers in the right places at the right time. You are right. Pc Cliff GREEN is the Link Local Police Officer and has now taken on the Dyson area. Cliff is an extremely well liked and respected Officer and with the two teams of CSO's now amalgamated the level of service will remain the same or indeed enhanced. For some time now the Chase and Priory areas have been the responsibility of Pc Jemma GREENOW,an experienced Officer who has worked for West Mercia for a number of years and enjoys a strong working relationship with her Team and Community. She too has a number of CSO's working alongside her. Malvern Hills is and remains a safe place to live,work and spend lesiure time and much of it is as a direct result of the hard work of the whole Team,Local and Response who along with our partners agencies are dedictaed to making it such.. Inspector Jane FRANCIS
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9:44pm Fri 9 Dec 11

Cassiopeia says...

Thanks for the reply. Any chance of getting your web site updated to reflect the information supplied ?
Thanks for the reply. Any chance of getting your web site updated to reflect the information supplied ? Cassiopeia
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7:06pm Thu 22 Dec 11

Cassiopeia says...

Still no updates on the Web site to refect your response 8th Dec and no PACT events on Dyson !! Are the areas too big for the limited officers numbers to fully service or are we just a bolt on to their existing areas !! Hopefully we will see some dates before you break up for Christmas.
Still no updates on the Web site to refect your response 8th Dec and no PACT events on Dyson !! Are the areas too big for the limited officers numbers to fully service or are we just a bolt on to their existing areas !! Hopefully we will see some dates before you break up for Christmas. Cassiopeia
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11:49am Thu 5 Jan 12

Inspector Jane FRANCIS says...

Cassiopeia, Firstly apologies for not responding to you earlier. Planning for the Christmas Policing duties meant that I did not have opportunity to look at my blog.
I have spoken with Pc Cliff GREEN and his Team and asked that they look at the web site. I am advised that whilst the PACT events are now up to date the photographs are proving a little more problematic!
The web site is a useful tool for us to engage but I am keen that the Team are out in the community engaging rather than in the station tied to a computer.I know my colleagues in North Worcestershire have successfully recruited a volunteer who assists with this activity freeing up the Teams to be out and about on patrol. If you or anyone you know of in the Malvern are interested in working alongside your Local Policing Team then subject to a recruitment procedure we would welcome you.
Cassiopeia, Firstly apologies for not responding to you earlier. Planning for the Christmas Policing duties meant that I did not have opportunity to look at my blog. I have spoken with Pc Cliff GREEN and his Team and asked that they look at the web site. I am advised that whilst the PACT events are now up to date the photographs are proving a little more problematic! The web site is a useful tool for us to engage but I am keen that the Team are out in the community engaging rather than in the station tied to a computer.I know my colleagues in North Worcestershire have successfully recruited a volunteer who assists with this activity freeing up the Teams to be out and about on patrol. If you or anyone you know of in the Malvern are interested in working alongside your Local Policing Team then subject to a recruitment procedure we would welcome you. Inspector Jane FRANCIS
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