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I’m PCSO James Dancer and I work alongside PC Kerry Jones and PC Amanda Harvey as the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick, amongst other areas.

The last six months have been a strange and worrying time for us all, with the government recently announcing further changes to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, we have continued policing your villages through this pandemic and have engaged with and listened to our communities in the best way we can.

We have continued to carry out speeding patrols in Stewartby following reports from residents of vehicles driving at excess speeds. A number of days of action have been planned over the next few months in places where speeding has become an issue.

There have been some concerns raised in regards to antisocial behaviour in Kempston Hardwick, so we will be targeting those areas and working with our partners to tackle and resolve this.

Please remember that if you have any issues in your area you can always let us know by reporting them via our online reporting tool. Alternatively, you can use our live web chat service, which will put you in touch with someone directly in our contact centre, or call us on 101.

Your input really does help us create an intelligence picture of any issues in your area and feeds into how we tackle these problems.

Please continue to stay alert to the virus and follow government guidance, as you could have coronavirus even if you have no symptoms. There are a few things you can continue to do to keep yourself and others safe, including keeping your distance from other people, wear a face covering, if you can, on public transport or in shops and supermarkets, and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.

If you are experiencing any symptoms, you need to stay at home and only go out to be tested. You can book a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

For information about coronavirus please visit the government‘s website.

For more information about what is happening in your area, you can also sign up to Beds Alert, which is an email messaging system powered by Neighbourhood Alert. This allows you to get the most up-to-date communications from us, including news, appeals and advice.

The Have Your Say survey is also another way in which you can help us determine the priorities for your area and provide us with a better understanding of the issues that are effecting you.

Please continue to stay alert and help us keep Bedfordshire safe.

PCSO James Dancer