Mansfield and Ashfield’s (Temporary) Supt Paul Winter writes . . . This week I’d like to ask men in Mansfield and Ashfield to join Nottinghamshire Police in taking a stand against domestic violence.
The force is backing a year-long campaign which urges men to sign the White Ribbon pledge – to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
The ‘Man Enough’ campaign aims to generate at least 10,000 pledges by Valentine’s Day next year, which would almost triple the number of national pledges.
You can show your support by adding your name to the pledge at www.man-enough.org or by texting ‘man’ or ‘man enough’ to 81400.
There have been several recent tragedies in Nottinghamshire where women have cruelly lost their lives as a result of violence meted out by their abusive partners.
The suffering and anguish they must have endured before their deaths is difficult to comprehend and no one deserves to suffer at the hands of someone who is supposed to love and care for them.
Domestic violence affects everyone, regardless of age, race, religion or background.
It could happen to your friend, a member of your family, your next door neighbour.
Please, sign the pledge today - only by taking a stand against domestic violence can we really make a difference.
In other news this week, I was delighted to hear that a prolific thief who targeted cars in parts of Mansfield and Ashfield has been jailed for ten months.
Javin Tennant admitted stealing a car from Stanton Hill last month, and also owned up to a further 15 thefts from cars in Sutton, Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse.
His actions will have undoubtedly had a massive impact on a number of residents in the local area, causing untold financial burden as well as the emotional distress that comes with being a victim of crime.
Your neighbourhood policing teams are committed to keeping you and your property safe, but there are also steps you can take to help us in our fight against crime.
Remember, leaving items on view inside your vehicles is an open invitation to a thief. Everything – from purses, handbags, mobile phones and clothing – should be removed.
By taking just a few simple precautions, you can prevent yourselves from becoming a victim of crime.
l For more information about crime prevention, visit the Nottinghamshire police website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk.