New top cop in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 07:03 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Chief inspector David Newsome

Chief inspector David Newsome

WELWYN Hatfield has a new chief inspector. David Newsome has taken charge of the borough's emergency response and safer neighbourhood teams, replacing Gary Taylor, who held the post temporarily. He said: 'I will be building on Gary Taylor's good work by f

WELWYN Hatfield has a new chief inspector.

David Newsome has taken charge of the borough's emergency response and safer neighbourhood teams, replacing Gary Taylor, who held the post temporarily.

He said: "I will be building on Gary Taylor's good work by further increasing community involvement and responsibility; improving police accessibility and visibility; and working more closely with our partner agencies.

"These things are essential in keeping crime and anti-social behaviour down and improving the quality of life for all residents, workers and visitors in Welwyn Hatfield."

With 21 years of service, he is a former detective chief inspector in the serious and organised crime group has led a multi-force operation into 16 armed robberies at remote pubs across four counties, including the Red Lion, on Digswell Hill near Welwyn, in December 2007.

Two people were arrested and are due to stand trial in 2009.

Ch insp Newsome added: "My priorities are to reduce all crime and anti-social behaviour but especially focus on burglaries, which are prevalent across the county, and anti-social behaviour.

"A lot of covert work is carried out investigating crimes but we are not always good at updating victims of crime and this is something we are trying to improve.


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