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Witney Neighbourhood Watch drop-in session

A series of drop-in sessions for the Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are taking place across West Oxfordshire during next year for existing members and those interested in joining.

The first session takes place on Wednesday 17th January from 2-4pm at the West Oxfordshire District Council Offices at Woodgreen in Witney. The sessions will provide information to residents interested in, or already part of, a Neighbourhood, Business, Pub, Country or Horse Watch scheme in the region.

The local administrator for West Oxfordshire, Danielle Hanton, will be on hand to answer any queries, along with the Crime Reduction Adviser Bill Butcher and the local officer. There will be explanations of each watch scheme and the new Thames Valley Community Messaging System. Information packs will be available to take away for anyone interested in joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or starting one in their local area.

Thames Valley Police has recently launched the Community Messaging Service as part of its ongoing commitment to improving communication with the local communities it serves.

For a number of years the Police operated a messaging service, previously known as Ringmaster, which supported the Watch Schemes. The new online service (www.tvpcommunitymessaging.org) has been extended to enable anyone that lives or works in Thames Valley to sign up online to receive messages without needing to be part of a scheme. Those who are interested in joining a particular Watch can still do so online stating their preference on their application form.

The messages, which are specific to the registrant’s area, include information about crimes, appeals for witnesses, crime reduction advice and public meeting information. These can be sent via email, fax, text message or as a recorded voice message to a telephone. Registrants can also login to the website to view their record and update their details and preferences.

The other drop-in sessions are:

Wednesday 21st February 2-4pm – Assembly room, Town Hall, Woodstock
Wednesday 14th March 2-4pm – Town Hall, Carterton
Wednesday 11th April 2-4pm – Lower Hall, Guildhall, Chipping Norton
Wednesday 16th May 2-4pm – Lower Bartholomew room, Eynsham

Posted : 20/12/2006 18:50:56

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