Police tackle issues in Bellshill Jewel Scheme

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POLICE in Bellshill have launched a project to tackle issues raised by people living in the Jewel Scheme estate.

The project, being run in conjunction with Bellshill Community Learning & Development, NHS Lanarkshire, Bellshill Housing, Routes to Work and Bellshill & District YMCA, will involve a special engagement unit being placed in the area to allow people to discuss matters of concern.

The unit was situated in Jade Terrace on Monday, March 4, and will be there from 10am to 4pm for the rest of the week.

There is a theme for each day with different partners on hand to offer advice and guidance.

Area Inspector Stewart Hurry said: “We will be on hand each day to take reports from members of the public on areas and people of note and would welcome everyone to attend our engagement unit to discuss matters of concern on each of the days.

“I have ensured we cover everything we can from a police perspective and have also organised bogus caller and knife crime inputs on the Friday.

“These will be delivered by our community safety department and everyone is welcome to join in on the discussions these inputs will bring.

“There will be a consultation exercises throughout the week to gain information from the community on what needs to be done to make the Jewel scheme a better place to stay.”

Issues tackled on Monday and Tuesday were housing and the environment and youth issues and opportunities. Daily themes will be for the rest of the week are - Wednesday, health; Thursday, education; Friday, crime and community safety (bogus callers input 11am, knife crime input 2pm).