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Car dealer and fun park boost for police

(8 April 2005)


Crime-fighting community police at Lichfield now have a smart new way of re-assuring residents – courtesy of local businesses. . .

They have been handed the keys of a brand new “smart” car by prestige car dealership Mercedes Benz and smart Tamworth, who have teamed up with theme park Drayton Manor to give the city’s community police action team an extra set of wheels.

For the next three years, police officers based at Lichfield will have the use of a new “smart” car supplied by smart Tamworth – part of the Mercedes dealership at Mile Oak near Lichfield.

And when the idea was mentioned to bosses at nearby Drayton Manor, they came up with a support package to meet the cost of fuel.

“The generous support of these businesses will help improve police services to the local community – particularly in the Mile Oak and Fazeley areas,” said Inspector Trevor Steventon, Commander of Lichfield Local Policing Unit.

“The vehicle will not be used to react to emergency situations or as a substitute for a regular police car, but will be an integral part of our community operations.”

The car offer follows the appointment of Police Community Support Officer Kevin Stackhouse whose work with local businesses on his “patch” in the Mile Oak and Fazeley areas, helped secure the deal.

The two door car, which sports community police, smart car and Drayton Manor logos, will be used by police and community support officers based in the local area.

Mercedes and smart Sales Manager, Mr David Lawrence said: “Given the support our dealership has received from the local police, we were only too happy to get involved with this local community project.”

Drayton Manor General Manager, William Bryan, added: “Drayton Manor whole-heartedly backs the work of Staffordshire Police’s community action team, and is very pleased to be involved with the smart car initiative.”

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