CREW makes a real difference to Stanmore

Press Release: 17/10/2005

A week-long initiative to fight crime and improve the environment in Stanmore, Winchester has been hailed a success.

In total 18 agencies from across Winchester provided both people resources and facilities to give Stanmore a boost and start a long-term campaign to help and improve the area.

Winchester City Council's Community Safety Officer Sandra Tuddenham, was delighted at the effort and teamwork involved. "All the agencies put a lot of effort into not only getting visible results but also getting awareness of the services they provide out into the community"

She said: "This is not a quick fix and we will be looking for residents to work with us over the coming months to find ways to tackle the issues raised in this area. We will be holding a review of this work in three months time to see how the CREW really impacts the community in the long term"

One of the most visually impacting differences was the work carried out by the probation service. In total 18 people carrying out unpaid work orders cleared six tonnes of waste, mainly from the valley area.

Karen Fisher, Hampshire Police's Community Safety Officer said "We have been delighted with the work that the probation service has provided. Without having their resources available we would not have had such an effective week"

She added "this is the first event of its kind in Winchester and we have been pleased with how it has gone. All the agencies have worked together to provide a better service to the people of Stanmore and allowed the community to say how they want to use the services in the future"

Over the six days, Stanmore benefited from:

  • 6 tonnes of rubbish cleared
  • The police developed a network of support for their 3 Community Consultation Areas, and carried out the following
  • 4 Proactive Arrests - (drugs, burglary, 2 x warrants). Plus one drunk and incapable taken to hospital
  • 13 Stop and Account - (person being asked to account for their whereabouts)
  • 8 Stop and Search
  • 7 Fixed Penalty Notices -  ranging from seat belts, mobile phone use
  • 13 people asked to produce their driving documents within 7 days
  • Fire service carried out roadshows and home safety checks
  • 1,400 children were involved over the week through talks in schools, roadshows and work by Hampshire County Youth Service - Winchester District
  • 43 youth attitude surveys were filled out
  • Talks on personal safety were given at Sheltered Housing Schemes
  • Victim Support offered advice at the roadshows
  • The Neighbourhood Wardens processed 6 abandoned vehicles and removed lots of graffiti
  • Housing agencies offered a bulky waste amnesty and conducted varied cleaning work
  • Trading standards carried out licensing visits on shops selling alcohol