Crimestoppers celebrate 30 years with CommuniTea on the train

May 29 2018
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Crimestoppers has launched a series of ‘Communitea’ events, inviting people for a cuppa and a chat to find out about how they can speak up about crime, 100% anonymously.

The Bristol event took place on May 16 and included a complimentary train journey along the Severn Beach Branch Line with afternoon tea, courtesy of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership. The event was generously supported by GWR and the Bristol Twenty Tea and Coffee Co and Katie’s Kitchen. 

In Avon and Somerset alone, 3,184 pieces of actionable information were received by Crimestoppers in the year 2017/18, a 9% increase on the previous financial year.

Crimestoppers Regional Manager, West Country, Karen MacDonald, said: “Organising events is a great way for us to build practical support, raise much-needed funds and spread the message about the important service we provide.

“Crimestoppers’ achievements in the last thirty years are not to be underestimated with 144,000 arrested and charged, over £346 million drugs seized and over £136 million worth of stolen good recovered as a direct result of information received via our 100% anonymous 0800 555 111 telephone line and online form.

“We believe everyone has a right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live.” 

If you are interested in becoming a Crimestoppers volunteer in the West Country, please visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer or call 020 8835 3700.

Heather Cullimore, Partnership Officer at the Severnside Community Rail Partnership said: “We were delighted to join with the Crimestoppers charity and coffee afternoon tea along the Severn Beach line.  Guests learned about the opportunity to report crime with 100% anonymity guaranteed, whilst enjoying great tea, cake and the scenic rail journey.  We would be pleased to support other groups from within our local communities to hold similar small events on trains along the branch line to help raise awareness of their cause.”