A LOCAL woman, who led the fightback against anti-social behaviour in her area, has received a police award.
Annie Masters, a neighbourhood co-ordinator, led an effort to clean up the Barn Lane Area – which had been plagued by nuisance behaviour.
Now she has been presented with a coveted Blue Lamp Award – given to police officers, and members of the public, who make a difference in their community.
Annie and her team had put particular emphasis on cracking down on the graffiti problems which were blighting the area.
Prickly bushes were planted near to fences, anti-climb rails were put on the top of walls, and existing graffiti was painted out.
Chief Supt Carl Foulkes said: “I am delighted to present this award to Annie. The impact she, and her colleagues, have made is nothing short of remarkable.
“The team has won the support of the community, and worked closely with residents to drastically transform things for the better, and improve quality of life.”
Annie, who is part of Solihull Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team, said: “I was honoured to have won the award.
“It highlights that small things make a big difference.
“My job is all about improving people’s environment and making them feel safer, but I can’t do that alone – we need to work in partnership with other agencies, and the local community to make it happen.”