Sue Woolley: Local policing working for you

Lincolnshire county councillor Sue Woolley ENGEMN00120130312101619
Lincolnshire county councillor Sue Woolley ENGEMN00120130312101619
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Lincolnshire County Council’s Trading Standards team works closely with Lincolnshire Police to combat rogue traders.

I was saddened to read in last week’s Bourne Local that rogue traders have recently taken advantage of a member of our community.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams look to deal with crimes such as this. Some of the work these teams do is preventative, helping residents to know the facts so that they can protect themselves from crime.

You can deter rogue traders with ‘no uninvited callers’ stickers, available from police stations in Bourne and Billingborough. It’s also worth knowing that if a trader makes an uninvited sales call and offers work or goods over the value of £35, they should give you a ‘cancellation notice’. This gives you the right to cancel the contract within seven days. Without this cancellation notice, they are acting illegally. You can report illegal traders to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

We are fortunate to have a Neighbourhood Policing Team working for the communities of Bourne and Billingborough. It holds regular meetings with members of the public. I attend to share your views and was pleased to be asked to chair the August meeting.

As well as the hot topic of rogue traders, we discussed ongoing concerns from some members of the public about speeding. The county council and the police are taking action to address this bug-bear. Speeding on the B1177 was raised at a meeting in July, and since then an initiative has resulted in 31 warning letters being sent to speeding culprits. One driver has been summoned to court for clocking up 62mph in a 30mph area.

We discussed inconsiderate parking in Bourne, which is an issue residents have raised with myself and PCSO Graeme Parrott, as well as reported through the county council website, www.lincolnshire.gov.uk. The council has acted, thanks to these important local insights, and parking wardens are taking to the streets more regularly to tackle the problem.

Litter, anti-social behaviour and garden break-ins were also on the August agenda. This summer there has been an increase in garden break-ins across Lincolnshire villages, so the team is encouraging residents to keep gardens and outbuildings secure.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team is there to address the things that matter to the people of Bourne and Billingborough. If you have something you would like to raise with them, or for details of the next meeting, email bourne.npt@lincs.pnn.police.uk or call 101 and ask for Bourne police station. You can also follow the team at www.facebook.com/bournenpt.