07/08/2013 Look East - West


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the programme tonight: Policing on the cheap, or a high-profile sign of

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security on the streets - what's the future role of our Community Support

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Officers? Watch your handbags - the gangs

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preying on innocent shoppers in the centre of Bedford. Practising for

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the Pole - an airman who lost both legs in Afghanistan is heading for

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Antarctica. And it's Finals Day for the

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Steelbacks as they triumph in the T20. Good evening. They were

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initially considered policing on the cheap but have increasingly become

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the public face of the region 's police forces. Community Support

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Officers, or PCSOs, were introduced ten years ago. There are currently

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168 PCSOs in the region and 1350 regular officers. Northants has 125

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PCSOs and more than 1200 regular officers. In Bedfordshire there are

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only 90 PCSOs fear. PCSOs do not have the power of arrest.

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Pending the beat, critics have always maintained that the purpose

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of PCSOs is to save pounds. They cannot arrest people but focus on

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neighbourhood policing. Issuing parking tickets and confiscating

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alcohol, including having a work with this grip -- having a word.

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Cambridge police are asking you what you think about PCSOs, but after ten

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years the reality is that some others are still not sure what their

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powers are. What you think of police Community Support Officers?

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They are good, good to have around. Do you know what their powers

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actually are? I gather next to none. Not the full power. not a lot of

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power, not as much as the normal police. I feel safer and it is good

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to have them. They either friendly face of the police.

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When the PCSOs first came in, it was not known what they did on Friday

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were here. As it has evolved we have become more involved. Police

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officers respect that we do different things to what they do and

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we have worked well together. Kim Butcher police insist that the

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review is not about saving money, but they do have to find �22 million

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over four years -- Cambridgeshire police. What they are looking at is

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the future of policing. it is a mixed economy. Police officers are

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with full powers, PCSOs with next powers, special Constabulary, and it

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is would be looking at how all of those resources with different rules

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and different responsibilities and different powers come together to

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deliver a good policing service. Some believe that the scrutineers

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overdue. Since the rule was introduced we have not had a review

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like this. It is really important that the taxpayers of Cambridgeshire

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get best value for money from the policing service. But many seem

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unsure what PCSOs currently do, let alone what the role should be in the

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future. There is no way of knowing how much

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PCSOs have contributed to fall in crime figures, but they do provide

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that presence. It is there a more cost-effective way of doing that? I

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asked public services lecturer Julian Constable. The police

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Federation for a long time have said that they would prefer and

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exhilarate police force, Philippe trained and with powers -- fully

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trained. We have the special Constabulary at the moment but that

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is not the same kind of organisation as the PCSOs. and also, relying on

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volunteers to make up the police force in future. How worried should

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people be? There have been some calls to pay police volunteers. Some

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forces have been looking at that. The PCSOs however are paid,

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therefore it is a direct costs coming out of the police force 's

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budget and I suspect that is partly what is motivating this review of

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the activities of PCSOs. Across the country PCSOs numbers have been

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following recently. What has been the impact of that? we have no

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evidence of that rate now at the moment to understand what the direct

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evidence of PCSOs is as such. But there have been suggestions that the

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cuts to the police service over the last few years are having a direct

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impact on the capacity to perform a community and crime prevention

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activities. If you do reduce PCSOs numbers it is quite possible that

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cheap lease a greater burden on regular police officers -- that you

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place a greater burden. What you think is the future for PCSOs?

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is very uncertain. What we do know is that there are further cuts in

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budget and we know that that has lead to reductions in PCSOs numbers

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and police officer numbers and I suspect that that will continue into

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the next two or three years. Next, I care workers secretly filmed

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sleeping on the job has denied neglecting an elderly resident.

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Jackie Ndoro, one of two key workers accused of failing to help the

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82-year-old he collapsed. -- who collapsed.

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This is where Jackie Ndoro used to work. The court heard she was very

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experienced. She cut a lively figure in the witness box as she

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strenuously denied neglecting the man, who was found on the floor of

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the lounge. She told the court that she had not panicked. She said that

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he was chatting away. A bit of help, or something like that. The

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prosecution said, you can sure him on CCTV seeing, help me, help me,

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and you and your colleagues failed to go to him. She maintained that

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she knew nothing about the fall and how she went into the room. She said

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her colleague had not raised the alarm. The prosecution said that the

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peer manhandled him into the wheelchair and that she should have

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made the effort to go and get a hoist.

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Why did the assistant manager decided to film these two in the

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first place? The court heard that the laundry

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room was very quiet when this peer was on the night shift and the

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assistant manager was always suspicious about the level of care

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that were giving. Jackie Ndoro was filmed falling asleep on the job and

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she admitted that she had neglected to do some of her two hourly checks,

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which is when she would have changed the wet bedlinen. A jury has been

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sent out to consider its verdict tomorrow.

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Gangs of Eastern European 's are targeting shoppers in Bedford,

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stealing cash. One pensioner had �3000 stolen when followed from the

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bank. Elderly people are called that they are the vulnerable targets.

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These look like innocent shoppers, but they are callous thieves.

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Earlier they watched as an 80-year-old woman withdrew �3000

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from a bank, money to pay for her holiday. Now they are following her

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into a lift and they are about to steal her cash. She is one of a

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number of pensioners being targeted by gangs. They are making an effort

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to travel to Bedford to get their victims. These gangs will surround

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them. Before they know it, the victims are having their bags dipped

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into and their purses taken. The first woman targeted were followed

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by the gang into New Look. Another woman had her handbag, containing

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�1200, taken from her shopping trolley. it is absolutely appalling

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that they should pick on elderly, vulnerable people. It is a level of

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depravity that we have not quite known before in this country.

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families should talk to them to make them aware that carrying that kind

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of money around is not safe these days. Just be extra vigilant. If you

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find yourself being followed by people, do you really need that

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money on your person when you are walking around the town? Detectives

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are now asking anyone who recognises the gang members to come forward.

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Workers at the troubled Railcare factory in Wolverton have now been

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paid for the first ten days in August but they have been told there

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is not enough money to cover wages they have been owed for July. The

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company went into administration last week with more than 100

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employees been told they will lose their jobs. The National Trust has

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spent �1 million restoring our historic town in Wisbech.

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But they say that the restoration will eventually pay for itself. The

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