THE first meeting with a view to setting up a Town Watch scheme to help combat crime in Lyme Regis was held last week.
Town and district councillor Cheryl Reynolds, who is also chairman of the local residents’ association, organised the meeting at Halletts Court in Queen’s Walk last week, where several residents gathered to learn more about the scheme.
Councillor Reynolds said that she was looking for volunteers from all areas of Lyme Regis to come forward to form the Town Watch. The volunteers would be asked to look out for suspicious behaviour in their area, share information with neighbours and help report crime.
Councillor Reynolds said the scheme was being supported by the local police, and encouraged residents to work together to help officers faced by funding cuts.
Police Community Support Officer Amanda King attended the event, introducing herself to residents and handing out information on the existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
She said residents often told her about incidents while she was in patrol on the town but said they did not officially report them to police and encouraged everyone to do so by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
A second public meeting regarding the Town Watch scheme will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm in the Woodmead Halls are all residents are welcome to attend.