Councillors hit the beat for the night

Sergeant Stuart Rowse of Thorne Safer Neighbourhood Team and Councillor Rachel Hodson by the Public Order Van in Thorne.
Sergeant Stuart Rowse of Thorne Safer Neighbourhood Team and Councillor Rachel Hodson by the Public Order Van in Thorne.
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THORNE councillors joined the neighbourhood police officers to experience a Friday night on the beat.

Eddie Dobbs and Rachel Hodson, both Labour councillors, went along to see first hand the work safer neighbourhood officers perform in a bid to keep the streets of Thorne safe.

During the shift, police community support officers seized a motorcycle from a nuisance driver who had been reported flouting the law. Officers are also planning on taking action against another motorcyclist for erratic riding.

Coun Hodson said: “I spent 12 hours on patrol from 3pm to 3am and got to see the variety of problems the team have to deal with on a daily basis.

“It spans from doing spot checks to confiscate alcohol from underage drinkers, to dealing with emergency 999 calls.

“Thorne has a flourishing social scene, but the police presence on a Friday and Saturday night makes sure that those out enjoying a drink are kept safe, and any would-be troublemakers are deterred from causing disturbances.”

Coun Dobbs added: “As a local councillor, I work closely with the police by reporting any incidents of antisocial behaviour that residents tell me about, but you never really know how hard our SNT works until you see them in action.

“During the shift PCSOs seized a motorcycle from a nuisance driver who has been reported flouting the law. And whilst we were out police identified another troublesome motorcyclist who will be getting the same follow up.”

Sgt Stuart Rowse, added: “It was great to have Eddie and Rachel on board for the evening so they could see how we follow up reports of anti-social behaviour from them and members of the public.

“I want to reassure the public that we are dedicated to making their area a safer place to live.”