Police seeking volunteers for village office

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An appeal has been made for volunteers to help man a rural police office.

Thanks to a partnership between the Preston Rural North neighbourhood policing team and Whittingham Parish Council, volunteers are being sought to help staff the police office, which adjoins the village hall at Goosnargh.

It is some years since the policing team based at Broughton (where a similar operation is voluntarily run) were able to open an office adjoining Goosnargh Village Hall on Church Lane, but due to a number of problems it has not been open as much as everyone would have liked.

But now PC Chris Banks, who heads the rural team, said: “We are looking at recruiting three people to become police volunteers and also to act on behalf of the parish council as well.

“We want the Goosnargh office to be open for two to three hours, three days a week, so people can call in with issues relating to the police or the parish council.”

He explained that funding was in place in principle, thanks to the police and a “generous donation” from the parish council, and said that the Goosnargh office would come under the “umbrella” of Broughton, with volunteers also having the option of working there too.

PC Banks and the team also hope to be available when the office is open.

He said: “We have fought hard to keep communications open for more remote areas. It is all about getting a better presence in the rural villages. Broughton has been a great success and we have an office in Goosnargh and we want to use it.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to call PC Banks on 01772 863390.