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Community Safety Day in Cannock Town Centre

02/12/2010

Cannock Chase Council has teamed up with Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley and organisations from across the District to help Cannock Chase residents stay safe over the festive period.

"We’ll be giving members of the public the chance to see the differences between driving sober and driving with our ‘beer goggles’ on."

Wes Southall, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Risk Reduction Manager

Cannock Chase Community Safety Day takes place around the new bandstand in Cannock Square, Cannock town centre, on Friday 10th December between 1pm and 6pm, when shoppers will be able to get information from the large number of organisations that work together to keep communities safe in the Cannock Chase District.

There will be information on fire safety from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as a driving simulator to demonstrate the effects of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Officers from Staffordshire Police will also be on hand to help shoppers avoid becoming a victim of crime over the festive period, with advice on everything from vehicle crime to property marking and drinking alcohol responsibly.

Other organisations who will be offering advice and guidance in Cannock town centre on the day include Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch, the Youth Service, Victim Support, Women’s Aid, Addaction and many more.

Cllr Tony Williams, Cannock Chase Council Environment Leader, said:

“The community safety day is a great way to show Cannock Chase District residents how a huge number of organisations are all working together to make our communities safe places to live, work and visit. I hope that everyone in Cannock town centre on Friday 10th December will take advantage of the advice and information that will be available.”

Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock Chase, said:

“I am thrilled to be participating in the community safety day in Cannock town centre, working alongside Cannock Chase Council and other partners. It offers the perfect opportunity for local services to work together in providing invaluable safety information for the local community over the festive period.”

Inspector Pat Shannaghan, Commander of Cannock Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) said:

“We will have officers available throughout the afternoon to talk with residents and shoppers about the community safety partnership and the facilities that are on offer to them throughout the Cannock Chase area. PCSOs will be on hand to provide crime prevention advice and guidance, particularly around vehicle security, house security and staying safe this festive season.”

Wes Southall, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Risk Reduction Manager, said:

“Firefighters will be in attendance with a driving simulator, courtesy of RoSPA, as part of the driver safety campaign to help highlight the dangers of winter driving.

“We’ll be giving members of the public the chance to see the differences between driving sober and driving with our ‘beer goggles’ on. We will also be on hand to answer any questions about driving safely in the winter, as well as general fire safety information.”