Police and NatWest team up for community project

PUBLISHED: 14:59 20 April 2015

Seaton Neighbourhood policing team with Natwest Bank officials and customers of their new mobile service

Seaton Neighbourhood policing team with Natwest Bank officials and customers of their new mobile service

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Seaton officers will be at the new mobile bank to offer help and advice

Seaton Neighbourhood Police Team and NatWest Bank have announced a partnership deal to offer advice and support to local residents.

Following the closure of its Fore Street branch, the bank is now offering a mobile service which will be available between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Mondays at Tesco car park.

The police will also be in attendance, as often as possible, as part of the ‘have your say’ initiative and will be able to answer any concerns, offer crime prevention and give general advice.

PC Steve Speariett said “I know a number of residents were upset at the closure of the bank and the police station front office but by working in partnership with NatWest we are now able to deliver additional services to the community.

“The team will be accessible to residents of Seaton and the surrounding towns and villages, who may not have had an opportunity to speak with officers or bank staff and we look forward to meeting them.”

The first session took place last week, and officers say it was extremely well attended with nearly 50 people using both the NatWest and police services.

In attendance were Sgt Andy Squires, PCSO Mike McGauley, PC Steve Speariett and, from the NatWest, Ken Grice and Linda Brice.

● NatWest closed its town centre branch in March, blaming lack of use.

At the time a spokesman said: “Over our whole branch network there has been a 30 per cent drop in branch transactions since 2010 as people do their banking where and when it is convenient for them, whilst online and mobile transactions have grown by over 200 per cent.

“We expect these trends to continue as more and more of our customers bank with us through our mobile app, by online and telephone and through our upgraded ATM network.”

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