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 Cookham Police Meeting

(9 July 2007)


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A large number of people came along to the Pinder Hall on the evening of Wednesday 4 July 2007 to discuss the problem of crime in Cookham as a follow up to the meeting at the Community Centre on 5th June run by the Parish Council. This had been instigated by a car being torched at the station car park and several cars vandalised in Cookham Rise.

PC de Haan - Organiser of the Meeting

PC Val de Haan, Cookham's beat officer had organised the meeting and he was accompanied by his tow community officers. The meeting started with Mark Wallace who owns a private security firm who spoke about the pros and cons of using a private service. One of the disadvantages seemed to be that they had no more power to stop someone than any other member of the public, however they could act as a deterrent. Mark offered to sponsor the cost of any old age pensioners in Cookham. He may not have realised the average age of Cookham residents!

Mark Wallace Talks About Private Security

During the talk on private security it was requested that a discussion on crime in Cookham should be discussed as there had been no decision to have private security. There were many questions. Parking in Cookham Village being a main problem. Also CCTV facilities. Some of the older people said that in the past there was more respect and discipline. Alan Brockwell said that twenty years ago he had run a youth club and now there was nothing. Liz Kwantes pointed out that a Youth Club was still run for the Cookhams offering a large number of activities for young people. 

Parish Councillor Mike Innes with Community Officer Liz Davidson

PC de Haan said that the local police all did their best but sometimes the Home Office caused problems in that sometimes one hand did not know what the other hand was doing. He said the main points that had been decided to concentrate upon by local communities was 1. Parking, 2. Speeding and 3. Burglary.  It was hoped that with extra support and also help from the residents and Neighbourhood Watch things in Cookham could be improved. PC de Haan also pointed out that crime figures had improved in the last two years. 

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