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Cash boost for town

BY Jollanar Younes

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Chris Nelson have secured £194,514 from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund, which will help to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes and prevent violence against women and girls.

This additional funding, part of the £50 million from the latest round of the Safer Streets Fund, will go towards measures proven to cut crime, including extra CCTV and streetlighting in communities alongside engagement work to change attitudes and behaviours to prevent crimes being committed.

The funding will also be used to employ a Street Drink Worker for Cheltenham town centre as well as additional training for Cheltenham’s Street Pastors and the community group Cheltenham Together.

The Safer Streets Fund builds on the Government’s existing measures to keep streets safe, including almost 14,000 more police officers recruited across England and Wales, increasing police funding to almost £17 billion, and preventing 49,000 violent offences across England and Wales since 2019 through Violence Reduction Units – protecting the public and breaking the cycle of crime.

Alex Chalk said: “The safety of women is something I have taken a particular interest in as Cheltenham’s MP and it was a privilege for me to take the Domestic Abuse Bill through Parliament as Justice Minister.

“So I am delighted that Cheltenham has received £194,514 through the Safer Street Fund, which will deliver necessary measures such as extra CCTV and street lighting alongside engagement projects to change behaviours and prevent crimes being committed across Cheltenham.”

Chris Nelson, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted that all three of our bids were successful, bringing over £2 million of Government money into Gloucestershire.

“These bids are full of progressive and engaging ideas to help prevent crime; as well as operational support and equipment which will allow officers to work more efficiently.”

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