Police box Tardis pulls the crowds at Boscombe

MEETING PUBLIC: Visitor Oliver Gazard, 3

PCSO Chris Wilson and Sgt Chris Amey

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JUST a week after it was installed the Boscombe Police Box was still drawing in curious onlookers.

The Tardis-like box was unveiled on Tuesday last week before a large crowd of local residents and Dr Who fans, many of whom had travelled long distances for the event.

As well as serving as an attraction for sightseers, the box was planned by Dorset Police to deter crime in the precinct, and provide a place where people could speak to officers directly.

PCSO Chris Wilson took his fourth two-hour shift at the box since it was unveiled at 1pm yesterday. He said people had been approaching him non-stop during his shifts both to ask about the box and to report local issues.

“We get a lot more people approaching us now than when we had the van, it is pretty much constant,” he said.

“Residents come to us here with concerns they wouldn’t report by phone. It is a great way for us to interact with the public.”

Local resident Joan Larive, who with husband John was taking their grandchildren out for the day, said: “We think it is brilliant, anything which will have a positive effect on Boscombe’s image and promote it more widely is welcome.”

Robert Connell, visiting relations in Boscombe from Falkirk in Scotland, said: “I can see it attracting Dr Who fans to visit, although I am not sure what it will do for crime in the area. I expect it will be reassuring for the locals though.”

Another Bournemouth resident, Leah MacDonald, said she didn’t believe the police box would deter anti-social behaviour from addicts in the precinct area, however Maybelle Gazard said she felt it was a reassuring presence.

Carly Joseph, who opens new business CJ’s Boutique in the Royal Arcade next month, also praised the box.

“Many young people don’t see police as the good guys these days, and don’t have that confidence in them,” she said. “I think this is something which can improve that relationship.”

Sergeant Chris Amey said: “We have had lots of families visiting. We are very pleased with the public reaction so far.

“The main aim for us is to reduce crime,and we have already had a few incidents where officers based here have been able to intervene quickly to apprehend shoplifters.”

The box was locally-built and funded and supported by 22 local businesses and organisations.

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7:34am Fri 18 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

Look at the massive crowd of people!
Look at the massive crowd of people! hooplaa
  • Score: 6

8:16am Fri 18 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Last week i was looking at the box when a young girl of about 13-14 years of age approached the police woman on duty at the tardis.She said to the policewoman politley ''do you think the box will help and resolve the issues of Boscombe''? The policewoman replied ''No probably, not !..Well there's honesty for you.Something that has been missing for sometime amongst the Boscombe west councillors, Boscombe Regeneration, Bournemouth Council,Boscombe Comunity Interest Company.Which will soon be renamed Boscombe Community Lack Of Interest Company because they've done **** all.

Sure some people want their photos to be taken by the box but when certain footballer arrived in town they wanted that to.

But apart from that, does the box give an good impression of Boscombe ? Is there a statement there saying 'this is a hig crime area ? and when you approach it and see a uniformed person standing there as on sentry duty does it give the impression that the area beyond is safe.

Is it about reduction in crime.No, it's about displacement.I notice that the camera at the junction of Sea Road is fixed on the box,i wonder why ?

So like most things in Boscombe it becomes a focal point but time will be it's judge as policies and priorities change and maybe in years with reductions to police they may not be able to man it.

And take a look at the plaque and spot the mistake.
Last week i was looking at the box when a young girl of about 13-14 years of age approached the police woman on duty at the tardis.She said to the policewoman politley ''do you think the box will help and resolve the issues of Boscombe''? The policewoman replied ''No probably, not !..Well there's honesty for you.Something that has been missing for sometime amongst the Boscombe west councillors, Boscombe Regeneration, Bournemouth Council,Boscombe Comunity Interest Company.Which will soon be renamed Boscombe Community Lack Of Interest Company because they've done **** all. Sure some people want their photos to be taken by the box but when certain footballer arrived in town they wanted that to. But apart from that, does the box give an good impression of Boscombe ? Is there a statement there saying 'this is a hig crime area ? and when you approach it and see a uniformed person standing there as on sentry duty does it give the impression that the area beyond is safe. Is it about reduction in crime.No, it's about displacement.I notice that the camera at the junction of Sea Road is fixed on the box,i wonder why ? So like most things in Boscombe it becomes a focal point but time will be it's judge as policies and priorities change and maybe in years with reductions to police they may not be able to man it. And take a look at the plaque and spot the mistake. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 1

8:26am Fri 18 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

22 Local Businesses ?

Boscombe Regeration = Tax payer
Dorset Police And Crime Commisioner-Tax Payer.
South Western Ambulance-Tax Payer
DWPHousing- Mainly tax payer and shame on the police for taking money from the man who was principal for taking the area down in the seventies.

The list goes on...Apart from two independent traders i don't see any small independent businesses.
22 Local Businesses ? Boscombe Regeration = Tax payer Dorset Police And Crime Commisioner-Tax Payer. South Western Ambulance-Tax Payer DWPHousing- Mainly tax payer and shame on the police for taking money from the man who was principal for taking the area down in the seventies. The list goes on...Apart from two independent traders i don't see any small independent businesses. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: -3

11:08am Fri 18 Apr 14

Azphreal says...

Wouldnt the police presence be better if they actually walked up and down the precinct instead of guarding the box? I have not seen massive crowds just the odd holiday maker taking a photo.
Wouldnt the police presence be better if they actually walked up and down the precinct instead of guarding the box? I have not seen massive crowds just the odd holiday maker taking a photo. Azphreal
  • Score: 8

10:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Judaas says...

You will have more chance of seeing Dr Who in this Tardis than a police officer. More importantly there is more chance of seeing Dr who close to this Tardis than a police officer, because there are not enough to go around.
Soon to be Dorset and Wilths police force, a combined force of the two most poorest forces in the country, what does this spell? We rely on more tardises!!!!
You will have more chance of seeing Dr Who in this Tardis than a police officer. More importantly there is more chance of seeing Dr who close to this Tardis than a police officer, because there are not enough to go around. Soon to be Dorset and Wilths police force, a combined force of the two most poorest forces in the country, what does this spell? We rely on more tardises!!!! Judaas
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

cromwell9 says...

The pick pockets and the muggers,in Boscombe ,must think XMAS has come early,
God you cant make it up can you.
The pick pockets and the muggers,in Boscombe ,must think XMAS has come early, God you cant make it up can you. cromwell9
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Dr Whodunnit and Sherlock Holmes seen lurking around Boscombe!
Dr Whodunnit and Sherlock Holmes seen lurking around Boscombe! guisselle
  • Score: -2

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