Launch of ‘Park Watch’ scheme by ABC council

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s popular Portadown People’s Park has been selected for the first ‘Park Watch’ scheme in the borough.

The scheme is very similar to Neighbourhood Watch with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI working together with park users and local residents protect the park from vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

“It is important that everyone looks after the park, not just the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI. We want to encourage local residents and park users to ‘own’ the park, take pride in it, look after it and protect it from vandalism and anti-social behaviour. By doing so they will not only be improving the safety and security of the park but also the surrounding area” said Chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Alderman Robert Smith.

Sergeant Barbara McNally, Portadown Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Portadown People’s Park is a fantastic facility for the public and we are committed to working with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the local community to make this a safe space for everyone. We want to encourage park users and local residents to help us protect the park from vandalism and antisocial behaviour by reporting any criminal or suspicious activity at the earliest opportunity.”

For more information on the Park Watch Scheme, please contact 028 3831 3607.