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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities


Straw Bear

Pictures from the Straw Bear Festival 2016 are in the gallery.

The bear is seen on Saturday and is then burnt at the 'Bear Burning' on the Sunday.A new bear is made from the next season's harvest.

To find out more about the Straw Bear visit the official site at 



Litter can have an impact on the quality of life experienced in communities and there are also wider economic, social and environmental costs that cannot be ignored.

Litter can also have an impact on crime as studies show a direct link between the amount of litter and crime/anti-social behaviour levels in a particular area.

Litter is an increasing problem in our towns and countryside. Since the 1960s the amount of litter dropped annually in the UK has increased by approximately 500%.

Apart from the obvious impact on the appearance of our environment, the direct costs of managing litter are huge. Councils spend an estimated £500 million a year on cleaning. There are also indirect costs. Companies in heavily littered areas lose business.

Pets and wildlife are at risk of ingesting litter and pollutants in both town and country areas.

Who produces most of the litter?

Sadly, one in five people admitted to having dropped litter in the last year. In a survey, the most likely group to drop litter were young urban males. It was also found that smokers have a very different attitude than non-smokers. In the same survey 42% of smokers think it is acceptable to drop litter, compared with 16% of non-smokers.

Where does most littering happen?

Littering is linked to social and individual attitudes towards both public space and waste.

The most common reasons for littering are:

  •  that an area is already littered;
  • cleaning up is perceived to be the responsibility of someone else;
  • there are no bins or ashtrays nearby;
  • people have biodegradable items they want to get rid of;
  • when there is no incentive to dispose of litter properly;
Read more: Littering

NHW Service Level Engagement Agreement

Service Level Engagement Agreement between Fenland Local Policing Command and Fenland Neighbourhood Watch

This document aims to set out a working agreement between Fenland Local Policing Command and Fenland Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).

The aims are:

  •  To promote consistency of service to NHW across the local policing area.
  •  To provide clear guidance to police officers, police staff and NHW members concerning the sharing of information.
  •  To provide clear guidance to the police and NHW regarding their roles, responsibilities and expectations.

This document is important for both organisations and is the result of lengthy negotiation.

PDF Icon    NHW Service Level Agreement

Seen in Whittlesey

Watching Whittlesey

This Dakota was photographed flying over the town centre during the Whittlesey Festival. Spot the crew member enjoying the view!

Is this the ultimate Neighbourhood Watch?




What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?