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Oakham's covid support officers praised for helping Rutland's police




A town's covid support officers have been praised by the police helping to prevent breaches of the rules and law-breaking.

The officers not only remind people to keep their distance in shops and other businesses, but also advise business owners and help to prevent issues arising as a result of pubs, bars and off licences being open.

Sgt Paul Kear said the officers have helped flag up issues to them so that they can step in and prevent problems.

Covid Support Officers Anthony Clarke and Chrissy Ainsworth
Covid Support Officers Anthony Clarke and Chrissy Ainsworth

In Stamford and the Deepings large groups of youths - many of them drunk - have occasionally congregated in the town centres during the pandemic, causing concern over the potential spreading of Covid-19.

Pictured are covid support officers Anthony Clarke and Chrissy Ainsworth while on patrol in Oakham.

They both cover 10 miles or more during a six-hour shift, although their focus is on the town centre streets.

Sgt Paul Kear outside Oakham Police Station
Sgt Paul Kear outside Oakham Police Station

The covid support roles are funded by a grant received by Rutland County Council.



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