A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch organiser from Holland-on-Sea has been handed a special bronze award from the police for his help tackling crime.

Mike Vaughan-Chatfield, of Picker’s Way, was one of 11 people to pick up a Neighbourhood Watch Award from Essex Police at the force headquarters in Chelmsford.

The awards are in their fourth year and recognise the hard-work of watch co-ordinators.

Each of the 11 people nominated received a certificate of appreciation, but for the first time ever there was also a gold, silver and bronze award given out.

Mr Vaughan-Chatfield, who runs the Tendring branch of the organisation, said: “We don’t do it for the recognition, but it was nice to receive the award.

“It recognises our work on the housing estates to get more people involved and our pro-active approach.

“My wife, Margaret, was also praised because she runs the group’s 24 hour call centre."

Speaking at the event, Police Crime Commissioner Nick Alston said the police rely on local communities to help them with information and intelligence.