End of an era for town’s police team

PCSO Simon Ragsdale is to become a PC after 13 years working on the Warwick Estate. Pictured with Hazel Richardson - co-ordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch. Hazel is thanking him for all his efforts because Simon helped set up the Neighbourhood Watch. (P512D344)

PCSO Simon Ragsdale is to become a PC after 13 years working on the Warwick Estate. Pictured with Hazel Richardson - co-ordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch. Hazel is thanking him for all his efforts because Simon helped set up the Neighbourhood Watch. (P512D344)

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It is the end of an era for Knottingley’s policing team as a committed PCSO moves on to become a police constable.

Simon Ragsdale, 32, first started patrolling the streets of the Warwick Estate nine years ago as part of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT).

Since then he has helped to set up a neighbourhood watch group and a cold calling control zone on the estate, but he will bid a fond farewell next month.

PCSO Ragsdale said: “I’ve got mixed emotions and it’s not going to be easy when I leave.

“I’ve met a lot of good people on the estate but becoming a police constable is something I’ve wanted to do for the last 13 years.”

Together with his colleague PCSO Aaron Riley, PCSO Ragsdale helped set up sports clubs for youngsters on the estate.

The pair are known on the estate as Max and Paddy due to their likeness to the TVcomedy actors.

PCSO Ragsdale said: “Aaron is like a brother to me and it’s a really close knit NPT so it’s going to be hard leaving them .Hopefully I’ll be able to nip down and see how everyone is getting on.”

Hazel Richardson, neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the estate, thanked him for his work.

She said: “Without Simon there would be no neighbourhood watch and I just want to say thank you for all the work he has done.”