A watching brief: How Neighbourhood Watch has helped improved Mansfield’s communities

Ladybrook Neighbourhood watch founders, Mary Penford MBE, front left and Iris Goodall, front right, pictured with some of their supporters from left, back row, Bob Reynolds, Elaine Lamb, PCSO Craig Bull, Jean Drabble, Colin Handley, representing the Crime Commissioner's office, and coun Sally Higgins.

Ladybrook Neighbourhood watch founders, Mary Penford MBE, front left and Iris Goodall, front right, pictured with some of their supporters from left, back row, Bob Reynolds, Elaine Lamb, PCSO Craig Bull, Jean Drabble, Colin Handley, representing the Crime Commissioner's office, and coun Sally Higgins.

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From tackling problem drug dealers to ensuring the removal of abandoned fridges on playing fields, the Upper Ladybrook Neighbourhood Watch scheme’s jurisdiction has always been wide-ranging.

But the key point as far as Mary Penford is concerned is that it works.

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has seen how Neighbourhood Watch can help communities in Mansfield.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has seen how Neighbourhood Watch can help communities in Mansfield.

The 76-year-old has lived on the estate for 53 years and set up a local branch of the renowned organisation in 1998 along with friend Iris Goodall as a response to growing concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour.

 

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