PC Kerry Jones Image:Bedfordshire Police

I’m PC Kerry Jones and I work alongside PCSO James Dancer as the local community officers for a number of areas, including Wootton and Stewartby.

It’s been a strange and worrying few weeks for all of us since the coronavirus pandemic hit us, but policing hasn’t stopped and we are still regularly patrolling and working within your villages.

It is an incredibly challenging time for us at the moment as we continue to carry out the day to day work protecting people in our communities, as well as making sure that people are adhering to the government guidance during this so called ‘lockdown’ period.

However, there have also been a lot of positives, as we have seen the very best of communities looking out for each other and clapping for carers every Thursday evening. It’s lovely to see all the rainbows in the windows and the chalk artwork on the ground that children have taken their time to create.

Another gem in our community that I need to touch on is our local hero Captain Tom Moore! I’m sure you’ve all seen the news that to date he had raised more than £28 million worth of funds for the NHS. The Marston resident, who turns 100 next week, raised this staggering amount of money by challenging himself to complete 100 laps of his garden, which he has now successfully achieved.

Well done Captain Tom and well done to everyone who has been setting themselves challenges and taking part in fundraising activities.

So as we continue life in lockdown, we want to reiterate the government’s message that by staying at home, you are saving lives and protecting the NHS.

We will continue to conduct additional patrols in open spaces and popular leisure areas to ensure people are adhering to government rules.

If you do wish to report breaches of activity, you can do so via the force’s online reporting centre – rather than contacting us on 101, as this will help us prioritise incoming reports and allocate appropriate resources.

Any information you do provide will help us to inform our proactive patrols and gain intelligence on the pattern of COVID-19 breaches.

For information visit the government guidance section on the coronavirus pandemic.

If anyone is concerned that they may have COVID-19 symptoms, they should not visit a health setting. Instead they should use the NHS 111 online service in the first instance to check out their symptoms and get advice and information about what to do next.

Don’t forget you can also get up-to-date information on the work we are doing in your area by following us on Twitter at @bedspolicerural.

You can also follow Bedfordshire Police on Facebook, on Twitter @bedspolice or on Instagram @bedspoliceuk – we will be using the hashtag #KeepingBedsSafe to highlight the work we are doing alongside our partners over the coming weeks to protect our communities.

Please stay at home and help us keep Bedfordshire safe.

PC Kerry Jones