Offender arrested thanks to Co-op
Keep Safe premises
Sixty one year old John was living in Stanstead Abbotts three years
ago when he needed to use the Keep Safe scheme to make an emergency
John was walking into the village to do his usual food shopping one
day when he was approached by a man who punched and then pushed him
to the ground outside the Co-op. The man then tried to steal John’s
money but was unsuccessful.
As John had taken part in setting up the branch of Co-op as a Keep
Safe premises with his local police Safer Neighbourhood Team and
learning disability charity Herts People First, he knew he could go
into the store to ask for help and make an emergency call. The shop
was also displaying the orange ‘Keep Safe’ sticker in its
Shaken and upset, John told the staff members what happened, showed
them his Keep Safe card and asked for the police to be called. The
local PCSO - Neil arrived shortly after. John had got to know
Neil when he helped to set the Co-op up as a Keep Safe premises, so
it was reassuring for him to meet Neil again.
John gave a good description of the offenders and Neil accessed
CCTV footage of Stanstead Abbotts High Street, which had captured
the assault. The man who assaulted John was arrested the same day
and eventually prosecuted for the offence.
John and his support workers were very pleased with how the Co-op
Keep Safe venue had worked and later told Neil that without it, he
would most likely have just made his way home after the assault,
waited to tell his support worker and may not have even notified
police at all.
Sadly, people with learning
disabilities can sometimes become victims of disability hate crime
– a crime that is motivated simply because of their learning
disability. If you or anyone you know feels they are a victim of a
crime that was motivated because of their learning disability, it
is vital that this is reported.
understands that victims and witnesses may not always feel
comfortable with talking directly to the police and would therefore
encourage people to report incidents of disability hate crime via a
third party. Information about third party reporting can be found
here, where details about disability hate crime
and hate crime as a whole can also be found.