Bexley community safety hero recognised in London wide awards
PUBLISHED: 18:04 02 March 2012
A Bexley community leader has been honoured with an award from Boris recognising his work in community safety
Ray Hudson was given the award at a ceremony at City Hall last night which honoured volunteers across London who go the extra mile for their community.
Mr Hudson is chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Bexley and was presented with his award by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in the first event to celebrate the army of volunteers the mayor calls ‘Team London’.
Bexley’s borough commander Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer said: “It’s absolutely right that Ray and his team have been recognised.”
Mr Hudson served as a magistrate for 25 years and was involved in going into schools to discourage pupils from getting involved in crime. He also worked in social services before getting involved in Neighbourhood Watch ten years ago.
The former Met Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens suggested he get involved.
Mr Hudson said: “Neighbourhood Watch has had an impact in the way that Bexley has reduced crime.”
The scheme covers 22,000 homes in Bexley and people in 450 streets have joined in.