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Officers keeping Bexleyheath town centre safe

PUBLISHED: 14:38 15 November 2012

Left to right: PC Howard Rootsey, Ross Paton and PC Martin Hedderman. Photo by Stewart - SM Creative

Left to right: PC Howard Rootsey, Ross Paton and PC Martin Hedderman. Photo by Stewart - SM Creative

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Sixteen people have been arrested since the start of October by a pair of Bexley policeman tasked with patrolling Bexleyheath town centre.

PC Martin Hedderman and PC Howard Rootsey have also detained a further six people and have issued three fines for shoplifting thanks to the scheme funded by Bexleyheath Business Improvement District through the council as they aim to support town centre businesses.

Ross Paton, chairman of Bexleyheath Business Partnership, said: “Bexleyheath businesses decided this would be an excellent use of their money.

“One of our main priorities is to make people visiting the town feel safe as well as reducing crime to retailers.”

The officers are working with shops and the community to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “These two officers have made a huge difference in a short space of time and have gone a long way to making Bexleyheath an even safer place.”

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