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Public put questions to police during Bourne Neighbourhood Watch meeting at Elsea Park

People had the opportunity to ask police representatives about issues such as drugs and speeding in their area.

The Bourne Neighbourhood Watch meeting aimed to get residents of the town - and particularly the new Elsea Park community - involved in keeping their streets safe.

In the past few months about a dozen new 'watch' groups have joined the Bourne and district scheme, which covers Bourne, the Deepings and the surrounding villages.

Bourne neighbourhood watch held their annual meeting
Bourne neighbourhood watch held their annual meeting

The annual meeting was held on Wednesday, October 9 in the Elsea Park community centre and covered topics such as parking near schools, speeding, mobile phone use and drugs.

Philip Knowles, who has been chairman of the group for the past six years, is standing down to encourage 'fresh ideas' to be brought to the scheme over the coming year.

Philip said: "It was a very positive meeting with a reasonable turnout of about 16 to 17 people.

"We now have a new secretary and treasurer, which is what we wanted, and also a promise of consideration to take on the chairman's role, which was important to us."

Clare Kilday is the secretary and Mike White will be the new treasurer.

Crime in Bourne is relatively small, with about 135 crimes reported in an eight-week period this year.

"The majority of these are social things such as accidents or reports of information," added Philip.

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