New PCSO has reintroduced surgeries at primary and high schools

POLICE Community Support Officer Liz Chesters is looking to engage with young people and find out what they would like to see from her as their PCSO.

PCSO Chesters cover the Dane Valley and Brereton Rural area, which includes Holmes Chapel, Goostrey and Cranage.

She started her role in September, and has started to re-introduce PCSO surgeries at primary and high schools in the area.

“These meetings give students the opportunity to come and speak to me about any concerns they may have in a safe and private environment, or any questions they have about the police and my role,” she said.

“I feel this is a great approach to engage with the younger generations of our community and talk more about what they would like to see from me as their PCSO.

“I have had a positive response from most schools in the area and am looking to continue the meetings as often as possible.

“I would also like to update residents on the issue regarding the weight restriction in Holmes Chapel.

“I am fully aware this is an issue which concerns the community, and therefore have spent some time creating a warning letter which is being sent by Cheshire Police.

“This letter details the offence committed by a named company and the location the weight restriction has been contravened in.

“I have so far had a positive response from companies who have re-contacted me looking to interview their drivers and educate their other members of staff, so I am hoping we will see a decrease in the number of incidents reported, which resulted in three HGV vehicles receiving a fixed penalty.

“One of our local policing unit priorities is engaging with our Community Speedwatch groups.

“Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where active members of communities join with the support of the police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

“Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to our local policing unit with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.

“In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is found, enforcement and prosecution follow.

“Not only is this a great way of getting involved with your community and residents, it is a pro-active approach to dealing with speeding issues in your area.

“If you are interested in joining your local Community Speedwatch group please contact me or your parish councillor for more details.

“If you need to contact me please ring 101 and leave a message.”