Sergeant stays after petition

POPULAR policeman Terry Scoble is to stay patrolling the beat in Portishead. The force announced this week that Sgt Scoble, who was appointed as sergeant in February 2005, will continue his duties in the town. Earlier this year the North Somerset Times re

POPULAR policeman Terry Scoble is to stay patrolling the beat in Portishead.The force announced this week that Sgt Scoble, who was appointed as sergeant in February 2005, will continue his duties in the town.Earlier this year the North Somerset Times revealed that Sgt Scoble faced being moved on from Portishead when his job was advertised by the force.The news he may be on the move prompted teens in the town to launch a petition calling for him to stay.Town and district councillors also wrote to Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Colin Port asking for Sgt Scoble to remain in the town.Since arriving in Portishead, Sgt Scoble has led campaigns to drive down levels of antisocial behaviour and under-age drinking.He is also a member of the Local Action Team which is working to provide a youth shelter in the town.Sgt Scoble said he was delighted his post had been confirmed and said he was looking forward to continuing to work with local residents and organisations in the town to keep crime levels low.Sgt Scoble said: "I am delighted to be staying in Portishead and was overwhelmed at the level of support I received from the public. "I am looking forward to being part of the new Safer, Stronger Neighbourhood Policing that is being launched over the next few months and working hard to keep crime and antisocial behaviour down."Portishead councillor David Pasley said: "I am delighted that we have a quality policeman who is going to stay in Portishead for at least the next two years."It is excellent news for the town.


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