Plans for community watches to be launched throughout Saddleworth

A PLAN to introduce village community watches in Saddleworth will be discussed at a public meeting later this month.

Joe Wheeler, chair of Saddleworth Youth Committee

Joe Wheeler, chair of the Saddleworth Youth Committee, is set to host the meeting at Uppermill Civic Hall on November 22 at 7pm.

The meeting is set to discuss different approaches to the rising issue of crime in the area inspired by Greenfield community champion Lee Hudson.

Lee has been praised for organising an awareness campaign backed by a team of dedicated helpers after a number of high profile car jackings in Greenfield.

The father of two formed the Greenfield Neighbourhood Crime Watch on Facebook in November 2017 after a worrying number of burglaries in the area.

And although his focus is on the Greenfield area, he said: “I would hope our work would encourage others to do the same.

“My aim for our group is to help police to promote awareness, increase vigilance and work with the community to deter criminal activity.”

Joe Wheeler, former head boy at Saddleworth School, hopes to expand the scheme to other villages after recently raising concerns about safety issues on social media.

He said: “The first steps are for me to organise a meeting for Saddleworth residents and introduce Lee’s idea of small village community watches.

“Lee has suggested that each village should have its own designated crime group where people can keep each other up to date on the issues in their area.

“These will all be monitored by an overarching Saddleworth Crime Watch Group.

“If we announce this scheme, hopefully we’ll have a couple of interested people in each village wanting to lead on the initiative.”



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