Work of district’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme highlighted on national TV
THE GOOD work of Harborough’s Neighbourhood Watch volunteers was highlighted on national TV.
The first episode of Doorstep Crime 999, presented by Gloria Hunniford and shown on BBC One, featured some of the good work done in Harborough to combat crime.
A film crew from the independent production company which makes the programme spent two days in the town earlier this year for filming.
The programme, broadcast at 11.45am on Monday, included shots of the Neighbourhood Watch stall at Harborough’s indoor Market Hall as well as contributions from Insp Paul McKinder and Sgt Dave Thorley, of Harborough police.
Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Marion Lewis was also interviewed by Hunniford, and told the presenter how she formed the Harborough Be Safe initiative in 2002 following the death of her father-in-law at the hands of two con artists.
The scheme offers support to elderly and vulnerable people in the district to prevent them falling victim to crime.
Mrs lewis said the scheme has helped residents in more than 2,000 homes.
More people find support and advice at the Neighbourhood Watch stall at the indoor market on the first Tuesday of each month, she added.
The programme also showed how the police had worked with Neighbourhood Watch members to bring a bogus window cleaner conman to justice.
Inspector McKinder said: “Police volunteers and members of the Neighbourhood Watch Association have the ability to do that extra ‘something’ which can mean so much to victims of crime and be of real benefit to officers and communities.
“I am really pleased that their excellent work has been highlighted on national television which I hope will act as an inspiration to others.”
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