Neighbourhood Watch scheme launch for Essex village

A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch scheme has been launched in Hatfield Heath.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch scheme has been launched in Hatfield Heath in a bid to deter "travelling criminals".

Since the turn of the year, dedicated members of the community and the neighbourhood policing team have been working together to set up a scheme for the village.

And everyone involved is delighted with the results.

PCSO Joanna Trevail-Phillips said: "The core philosophy of Neighbourhood Watch is that 'Standing together makes you stronger in the face of crime', and it's great to see people of all ages in Hatfield Heath joining the scheme.

"Crime is already very low in the area, and Neighbourhood Watch is another means of ensuring that it stays that way."

Businesswoman and parish councillor, Paula O'Sullivan, has taken on the role of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and, with help from Val Davenport in particular, has now recruited more than 50 active members since mid-January.

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Ms O'Sullivan said: "Given Hatfield Heath's close proximity to the M11 and the A120, travelling criminals can potentially target our village, and Neighbourhood Watch is a great way of reducing their opportunities to commit crime. We want to deter would-be thieves and vandals, and prevent them committing offences.

"Neighbourhood Watch schemes belong to the residents, creating community spirit and a sense of security. The neighbourhood policing team are a great support and very accessible to all residents. I would recommend the scheme as it's very interesting and rewarding."

Essex Watch administrator for Uttlesford district, Lindsay Baillie, said: "New members are coming forward almost every day, and we hope to have coverage in all of Hatfield Heath soon.

"In the last year, we've set up new Neighbourhood Watch groups all across Uttlesford, and as well as helping the fight against crime, they can also foster an increased sense of community spirit. Being a member of Neighbourhood Watch is a rewarding experience in all sorts of ways."

The Hatfield Heath neighbourhood policing team can be contacted by calling 0300 3334444 or on the dedicated mobile number 07779 316979.

The neighbourhood officers also run regular beat surgeries in Hatfield Heath, Takeley and Little Hallingbury, and details of times and dates can be accessed on the Essex Police website

If you would like to join Neighbourhood Watch in Hatfield Heath, contact Paula O'Sullivan on