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Havering community wardens celebrate 10 year anniversary of first patrol

PUBLISHED: 09:38 20 April 2017

Members of the community wardens team. Picture: Havering Council.

Members of the community wardens team. Picture: Havering Council.

Havering Council

The council’s community warden service celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its first patrol this week.

Wearing bright orange polo shirts, the team of 11 wardens and two seniors provide helpful advice and information to residents on a range of issues including safety.

In 2015, warden Liam Knight, prevented a catastrophe when he detected a strong smell of gas when visiting the home of a 93-year-old resident who could not.

Liam called engineers who discovered a leak and immediately took action to remedy the problem.

In 2013, a joint effort between the police Safer Neighbourhoods Team, community wardens and the CCTV team led to the apprehension of a woman for racist graffiti at a bus stop in Cranham.

Senior warden, Claire Clayton said: “Each housing estate across the borough receives regular patrols through the day and early evening where we pay particular attention to areas where anti-social behaviour (ASB) has been reported so we can tackle those causing a nuisance to their neighbours.

“The service has extended its remit since it was launched 10 years ago and the equipment we have available is also much improved.

“We recently received body cams which enable us to record any incidents or conversations we have which protects residents and staff by giving an accurate record of what takes place.”

The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, Cllr Damian White said: “During the 10 years they have been on patrol the community wardens have enjoyed many successes and seen lots of changes.

“But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the reassurance local residents feels when they see the bright orange polo shirts of our wardens on patrol.

“They have done excellent work during the last decade and I am sure will continue doing very good work in our community well in to the future.”

For more information visit havering.gov.uk/CommunityWardens.

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