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Redcar Business Owners Encouraged To Think 'BIGR' as New Group Take On Crime

Published: 9th Feb 2018

IF YOU see a crime report it. That was the clear message from police and council leaders to Redcar town centre businessmen and women at a special meeting last month.

More than 25 business owners discussed crime and the best ways to combat it with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, police Chief Inspector Emily Harrison, Crime Prevention Officer Ron Baker and Councillor Alec Brown the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods.

The event at Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart was organised by Councillor Carl Quartermain in his capacity as Chairman of the newly formed 'BIGR' group (Building Independents: Growing Redcar).

Cllr Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture and Communications, said: "It was a very passionate and positive meeting regarding criminal activities in the town which had to be discussed and dealt with. The owners shared experiences and from this we've already seen direct results with arrests made".

"The police were very clear at the meeting - 'If you see a crime, don't just share online, but report it every time!' - Crimes that get logged create hotspots across the borough - helping police target resources in the most effective way. Not doing so means hotspots form elsewhere."

BIGR were behind the successful Primrose Bell Market at Christmas and are bringing independent businesses together to work with partners including the police and council.

Carl added "The new BIGR group is a positive development for Redcar which will have a big impact in many ways, including how businesses communicate and work together to improve their prosperity. There will be more markets and exciting proposals from the group. There are also exciting plans for Redcar town with £6 million+ of investment planned. Our businesses need to be front and centre in how we shape our growth plans going forward."

The group would like to hear from anyone who owns a business in the town with a unit and is interested to learn more. Think BIGR. Contact BIGRRedcar@gmail.com.

Anyone who sees any crime should contact police on the 101 number and call 999 if it is an emergency.

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