Talk on jus­tice at city meet­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david Sey­mour

A GLIMPSE into the work of Peter­bor­ough’s courts and the pro­ba­tion ser­vice was of­fered at a neigh­bour­hood watch meet­ing in the city.

Peter­bor­ough mag­is­trate Steve Han­son and pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Chris­tine Goff were spe­cial guests at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Wer­ring­ton Neigh­bour­bood Watch Clus­ter Group.

The event was held at the com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, in Church Street, Wer­ring­ton, Peter­bor­ough.

Mr Han­son, who has been a mag­is­trate since 1993, and Ms Goff, who as well as be­ing a prac­tis­ing pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer is also re­spon­si­ble for train- ing ju­nior staff, used an in­ter­ac­tive video pre­sen­ta­tion to give the au­di­ence a thor­ough talk on the work­ings of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem – from the com­mis­sion of a crime, to the de­ten­tion of a sus­pect, a court case, sen­tenc­ing, and the Com­mu­nity Pay­back scheme.

Chair­man of the Wer­ring­ton Neigh­bour­hood Watch Clus­ter Group Lawrence Wright said: “The visit was great. It was very ed­u­ca­tional as far as the way the court pro­ce­dure works.

“I think the public got out of it that there is jus­tice. It’s very of­ten slow, but that’s how the pro­ce­dure works.”

The group was set up a year ago to pro­mote good cit­i­zen­ship and greater public par­tic­i­pa­tion in the preven­tion of crime and has gone from strength-to-strength.

It cur­rently has 45 street co-or­di­na­tors on its books and is plan­ning fur­ther ex­pan­sion in the com­ing year.

Any­one in­ter­est in be­com­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of Wer­ring­ton Neigh­bour­hood Watch Clus­ter Group should con­tact Mr Wright by email at brentville@ntl­world.com or by tele­phone on 01733 573332.

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