Cuppa with a cop!

Coun Tony Dean, Natalie Guy from WDH, Coun Clive Tenant and PCSO Paul Guest at St Mary's Community Centre.
Coun Tony Dean, Natalie Guy from WDH, Coun Clive Tenant and PCSO Paul Guest at St Mary's Community Centre.

RESIDENTS can have a cuppa with a copper at community cafes in Pontefract and Knottingley.

PCSOs from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are hoping to cause a stir by organising coffee mornings at venues in different beat areas across the town.

The first session was held at St Mary’s Community Centre in Pontefract on Monday, where officers were joined by councillors Tony Dean and Clive Tennant as well as representatives from Wakefield and District Housing (WDH)

Insp Richard Sullivan, of the NPT, said: “We want to give people the opportunity to meet their local police.

“The day has gone where people only come into contact with the police when something bad happens. We want to make it easy for local people to pop down to your local library or community centre for a coffee and a chat with your local police.”

PCSOs will be putting up posters in their communities to advertise the coffee mornings, which have been set up to give residents the chance to speak to their local officer about any problems they may be having.

Councillors and staff from other agencies – including WDH and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service – will also attend some sessions.

The next coffee morning at St Mary’s will be held on February 28 at 10am.

Visit the NPT website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ponte fractandknottingleynpt for the dates and venues of other coffee mornings across the towns.