A MAN is due in court after being arrested by an officer from Stanford-le-Hope’s Town Centre Team.
PC Stuart Mackinnon stopped a vehicle in Victoria Avenue at around 4.10pm yesterday, Thursday 25 July.
Mark Cook, 48, of Victoria Avenue, Stanford-le-Hope, was later charged with driving a motor vehicle above the alcohol limit and he is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5 September.
Sgt Ben Fordes, who leads the Town Centre Team, said: “The launch of our Thurrock Town Centre Team this week, which covers Grays, South Ockendon and Stanford-le-Hope town centres, has been extremely positive.
“I have been taken back by the positive engagement and reception the community and businesses have given me and my team.
“Yesterday, by conducting visible proactive patrols within our town centres, my team were able to identify and arrest a man on suspicion of drink driving, helping to prevent anyone from being injured. “
We launched Town Centre Teams in 23 locations across the county on Monday 22 July.
As part of the force’s dedication to visible, frontline officers, the 58 constables will tackle the most prominent issues in local communities, making for a safer county and stronger relationships with the public.
Maureen McPherson, a local preacher at Stanford-le-Hope Methodist Church, crossed the road to say personally thank PC Stuart Mackinnon (see picture).
She said: “I think the Town Centre Team is a brilliant idea and it was fantastic meeting the officers.
“The reason I think the scheme works well is because they will be seen and the officers will become the face of Stanford-le-Hope.
“People will know them, they will trust them and they will talk to them and I support Essex Police all the way.”