Safer Kent

Fri Sep 18 2020 
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Safer Kent award winners

The fantastic achievements of three outstanding local people were celebrated recently in the Safer Kent Awards ceremony.


The evenings overall winner was Pembury community warden Tom Younger. His work in relation to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour scooped him the coveted award. As well as his work in this field, Mr Younger was also praised for his skills in running a football tournament for residents aged 14-18 years old, a tournament which has now been introduced throughout the county.
Recently elected chairman of West Kent neighbourhood watch Peter Rolington was the overall winner for West Kent. His award in recognised his work setting up the Cold Calling Control zone in Cranbook, the first of its kind in Kent.


Rusthall community warden Ariana Sutton was the first person to set up a junior warden scheme in Kent and has been praised from her work in the inclusion of young people into the community. For this she received the West Kent runner-up prize.


Chief executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and joint chair of the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership Sheila Wheeler said: ‘We are thrilled that the hard work and dedication of these three individuals based in the Tunbridge Wells Borough has been recognised, celebrated and rewarded through the Safer Kent Awards. I extend my congratulations to all of our winners and to all who have supported them.’


The awards, which are run annually, are organised by the Kent police authority and celebrate the work of outstanding individuals or groups who work with the public. Communities and organisations are invited to submit nominations for winners and runners up for each of the six Kent policing areas, as well as one overall winner.


The winners each received a prize, a trophy and a cheque towards a community project of their choice. Mr Younger decided to put his £500 to good use and is going to be supporting the setting up of a junior warden scheme in Pembury, and to fund educational talks at the local youth club. Mr Rolington will offer his £250 to any Neighbourhood Watch volunteer who can come up with an innovative idea to improve the lives of West Kent residents. Chair of Kent Police Authority Ann Barnes said: ‘The evening was all about saying thank you to people who work hard to improve lives of residents. Sometimes we have to take a step back and appreciate the work these people do on a daily basis. There are people in addition to regular police officers that really do help to improve quality of life and most importantly play a role in keeping neighbourhoods a safe place.’