Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch stalwart retires after 22 years

Peterborough area commander Melanie Dales and Alan Paul, chairman of Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch present an award to Ken Lambert retiring as an area co-ordinator for neighbourhood watch at Thorpe Wood police station EMN-151008-233320009

Peterborough area commander Melanie Dales and Alan Paul, chairman of Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch present an award to Ken Lambert retiring as an area co-ordinator for neighbourhood watch at Thorpe Wood police station EMN-151008-233320009

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A street coordinator for Peterborough’s Neighbourhood Watch has retired from his position after 22 years.

Mr Ken Lambert, now 86, joined the Neighbourhood Watch in 1991, taking up the position of street coordinator for Walgrave, Orton Malborne in 1993.

Superintendent Melanie Dales, Peterborough area commander for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “I wish to thank Mr Lambert for the commitment he has shown to the scheme.”

She presented Mr Lambert with engraved commemorative glassware at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

Mr Lambert has lived with his wife Irene (84) in their home in Orton Malborne for 35 years. He has used the Neighbourhood Watch to become a recognisable figure in his community.

His most memorable moment was being informed when a member of the Watch spotted two youths attempting to break into a car. By letting other Watch members know what was going on, the community was able to pull together and apprehend one of the suspects until the police arrived.

Mr Lambert said: “This was an example of the Watch showing its full potential.”

During his 22 years Mr Lambert has received updates from the police about recent crimes in his local area.

Using the ‘e-cops’ scheme, he has printed out these alerts and posted them through the doors of his neighbours to alert them to any problems.

He made early morning rounds of the neighbourhood, checking on the houses of neighbours away on holiday to ensure their property was secure.

Mr Lambert also coordinated more everyday activities, such as signing for parcels and greeting new people as they moved into the neighbourhood.

Although he has stepped down from his position as street coordinator, Mr Lambert will remain a member of the Watch.

Mr Lambert says he would encourage everyone to become part of their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or even to set one up if there is not one in their area already.

He said: “I would recommend the Neighbourhood Watch to any group, large or small.

“Anyone can become a good neighbour, and every neighbour needs help sometimes.”

To get involved , visit www.peterboroughnhw.co.uk or www.cambsnhw.org.uk.