‘We’re watching out for anti-social behaviour in Walcot’

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, Roy Stephen and Peter Mallinson outside Walcot Community Shop

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Walcot is to be monitored by South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and community champion Roy Stephen BEM.

Peter Mallinson, chairman of the Community Shop in Sussex Place, Walcot, had complained of anti-social behaviour from some youths and criminal acts, causing worry and concern for volunteers in the shop and local residents.

In January a youth was arrested on suspicion of causing GBH after a 15-year-old boy was hurt in an incident near the Subway in Sussex Place, apparently with an axe.

Now Mr Buckland and Mr Stephen have met volunteers working at the shop in Sussex Place to discuss the situation involving anti-social behaviour.

After Mr Buckland contacted Wiltshire Police a CCTV surveillance van was used to monitor Sussex Place and it proved very effective.

The mobile CCTV unit stationed in Sussex Place, Walcot

Mr Buckland and Mr Stephen have acknowledged the seriousness of the situation and agreed to review it regularly, while praising the work carried out by the charity shop volunteers led by Mr Mallinson.

“The volunteers work very hard and have become motivational models for our youngsters in the area,” said Mr Buckland, while Mr Stephen requested all community members to support each other to make Walcot a better place to live and work in.

Mr Stephen BEM is the Conservative candidate for Walcot in the Swindon Borough Council elections in May.

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