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Monday, 06 July 2015

Barrow community champion heralded

ONE of Barrow's most active champions of community safety has met the Chair of Cumbria County Council's Barrow Local Committee to celebrate his recent Outstanding Achievement award for his Neighbourhood Watch work.

Peter Thomas won the recognition at the 2014 National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards 2014 for his work for the Fife Street Neighbourhood Watch scheme. In its 12 years the scheme has provided CCTV for a local store, dropped curbs for the benefit of residents with disabilities and the emergency services, purchased a bicycle for the local Police Community Support Officer, installed security lights and promoted property marking for residents.

Peter has encouraged young people to work alongside older residents so that the whole community can compile a visual audit of problems in the area. He has been instrumental in the formation of the ‘Bringing Communities Together Scheme’, inviting schemes to share problems and solutions. This is now being rolled out more widely.

Peter works with the Fire & Rescue Service to arrange fire checks and the installation of smoke alarms for some residents and takes part in multi-agency Streetsafe Operations, providing reassurance and help to people in the community.

Today he met Cllr Kevin Hamilton, Chair of Barrow Local Committee, who said: "Peter is a real credit to Barrow and has a selfless attitude where he just wants to make a difference and help others. Thanks to Peter and those he works alongside, there has been a decrease in anti-social behaviour and fewer calls on the police. I'm delighted that all his hard work has been recognised in this outstanding achievement award."

Have your say

Good people like this who devote their lives to make our world a better place should be given recognition in the Queens Awards like the New Year Honours list, instead of the usual bagful of people earning fantastic amounts of money for doing the thing they love to do, like Elton John and Gary Barlow etc. good job Peter, if only the world was full of people like you.

Posted by June on 16 July 2014 at 15:41

Great to see a quiet man being given the recognition for selfless effort to uplift our community. Well Done.

Posted by Allan Smith on 14 July 2014 at 20:31

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