Neighbourhood watch organiser starting another group in Bournemouth town

NEIGHBOURHOOD watch organiser Norman Decent is starting another group in Bournemouth town centre.

Norman has gone from running the West Hill Neighbourhood Watch near the West Cliff to adding the Triangle area and renaming his meetings as the Poole Hill group.

And the 55-year-old is now setting up meetings for the Madeira Road area near to the magistrates court and the town centre police station.

He believes the new area will be “a different kettle of fish” to his existing group but he is hoping that the community is prepared to pull together.

He said: “It could be very challenging.

“You’ve got noise with a lot of people coming out of the nightclubs near there.

“And there’s been a killing in that area over the past year.”

Spanish student Sergio Retamar Marquez died at his flat off Lansdowne Road last July.

Norman’s Poole Hill area also saw trouble last year.

Drug dealer Daniel Smedley, 30, of Milnow Road, Sheffield, was jailed for five and a half years after admitting possessing firearms, ammunition and drugs found at St Michael’s Hotel.

But Norman feels the Poole Hill area is improving with a children’s soft play area set to open in St Michael’s Road.

“We’ve still got beggars around the Triangle but I’m optimistic about St Michael’s Road,” he said.

“Something is happening there and it has helped having CCTV.”

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6:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

The beggars are being encouraged by a local "cafe" along with the aggressive Big Issue sellers.
The beggars are being encouraged by a local "cafe" along with the aggressive Big Issue sellers. pete woodley
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7:01pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Brock_and_Roll says...

Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"?

Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group?

Roger Curtain-Twitcher?
Brian Sendembach?
Holly Erthanthou?
Gerry Atrick?
Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"? Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group? Roger Curtain-Twitcher? Brian Sendembach? Holly Erthanthou? Gerry Atrick? Brock_and_Roll
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7:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

Beats working,and keeps in with a certain crowd and the Echo.
Beats working,and keeps in with a certain crowd and the Echo. pete woodley
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8:20pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Claire@Treehouse says...

We are avid fans of the Poole Hill area. We have recently taken over what was SnowTogs and yes we are creating an indoor play facility on St Michaels Rd. My kids go to the local school and we have been very much welcomed into the community. The area is both friendly, caring and creative- perfect for our new venture. There are a handful of 'happy' drunks in that area and I'm not always sure they are aware how loud or crude they can be. The empty bottles and takeaway cartons are the most frustrating issue and I'm already sick of picking up other people's rubbish. Personally as much as I love the area we need all the help we can get to turn St Michaels Rd and Poole Hill into the area it deserves and wants to be.

Ps. Thank you for the free publicity- we are Treehouse Family Play (add a .com)
We are avid fans of the Poole Hill area. We have recently taken over what was SnowTogs and yes we are creating an indoor play facility on St Michaels Rd. My kids go to the local school and we have been very much welcomed into the community. The area is both friendly, caring and creative- perfect for our new venture. There are a handful of 'happy' drunks in that area and I'm not always sure they are aware how loud or crude they can be. The empty bottles and takeaway cartons are the most frustrating issue and I'm already sick of picking up other people's rubbish. Personally as much as I love the area we need all the help we can get to turn St Michaels Rd and Poole Hill into the area it deserves and wants to be. Ps. Thank you for the free publicity- we are Treehouse Family Play (add a .com) Claire@Treehouse
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8:33pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

Good luck to you.
Good luck to you. pete woodley
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7:24am Wed 9 Jan 13

John T says...

Brock_and_Roll wrote:
Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"?

Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group?

Roger Curtain-Twitcher?
Brian Sendembach?
Holly Erthanthou?
Gerry Atrick?
I'm guessing that you have never done a Decent Day's work in your life!
[quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"? Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group? Roger Curtain-Twitcher? Brian Sendembach? Holly Erthanthou? Gerry Atrick?[/p][/quote]I'm guessing that you have never done a Decent Day's work in your life! John T
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4:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

John T wrote:
Brock_and_Roll wrote: Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"? Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group? Roger Curtain-Twitcher? Brian Sendembach? Holly Erthanthou? Gerry Atrick?
I'm guessing that you have never done a Decent Day's work in your life!
I suppose it is better than being called indecent? There as a feature on the local news last week where sewerage was overflowing into people's houses and the chap they interviewed was called Mr Float! You could not make it up!
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: Is this a wind up? "Norman Decent"? Which other avid Dail Mail readers and UKIP members are on board the new group? Roger Curtain-Twitcher? Brian Sendembach? Holly Erthanthou? Gerry Atrick?[/p][/quote]I'm guessing that you have never done a Decent Day's work in your life![/p][/quote]I suppose it is better than being called indecent? There as a feature on the local news last week where sewerage was overflowing into people's houses and the chap they interviewed was called Mr Float! You could not make it up! suzigirl
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