UNSUNG heroes from Droitwich who dedicate their lives to keeping people safe have been officially recognised for their work.
The first Rural South Worcestershire Community Safety Awards took place at the Civic Centre in Pershore last Thursday.
Set up by the Rural South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, the awards acknowledged the efforts of those individuals, teams and projects which contributed to making both districts safer places to live, work and visit.
Winners on the night included members of the police, members of the public and other organisations.
Droitwich West Safer Neighbourhood Team won the Community Safety Team of the Year Award for its work tackling drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in one of the most challenging parts of the town.
Droitwich PCSO Andrea Lesley was highly commended in the judges’ Unsung Hero of the Year.
PCSO Leslie has worked tirelessly in Droitwich for 12 years and was commended for her compassion towards crime victims and her ability to gain the trust of the community.
The South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership won Community Safety Project of the Year after using street mime to spread the message about reporting hate crime to more than 1,000 people during Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017.
Coun Gerry O’Donnell, responsible for Community Safety on Wychavon District Council, said: “It was a humbling experience to be able to hear the stories of those who go the extra mile every day to keep us safe and these awards were a fitting way to say thank you for everything they do.”