Shawbury Village Players Helps Police With Crime Messages

Shawbury Village Players are helping local police promote safety messages by acting out crime prevention scenes. The scheme is being backed by West Mercia Policy Authority which has provided a £1,000 grant from its community safety fund towards the initiative.

The Local Policing Team in Shawbury hit upon the novel idea as a way of helping elderly people understand the need to be on their guard, especially when strangers come calling.

Members of Shawbury Village Players Amateur Dramatic Society readily agreed to help out, putting their skills to good use.

The scheme is being backed by West Mercia Policy Authority which has provided a £1,000 grant from its community safety fund towards the initiative.

Local Policing Officer Lesley Mitchell, who applied for the grant, said: “I’m delighted the Police Authority has agreed to help fund a really impactive method of putting across key messages to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

She said the funding would cover the cost of staging, including provision of costumes, scenery and props.

“When I approached the Village Players through their chairman Richard Bray, they were very enthusiastic. I’m grateful for their support – it’s a really effective way of making people understand what they should do in situations where they could be targeted”.

PC Mitchell added: “The Society will be assisting the Local Policing Team by acting out various scenarios such as bogus callers and distraction burglars. These will be staged at events organised by the Local Policing Team working with partner groups such as Age Concern.”

Extract Taken from the West Mercia Police Authority Website

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