There are not many who would cheer the presence of a civil enforcement officer, but one woman was particularly pleased there was one around in West Kirby last week.
The unnamed woman, who lives in Cornwall, was in West Kirby on a visit when she had her handbag swiped by two young men, who then fled the scene. Eagle-eyed civil enforcement officer, Steve Boylin, employed by NSL who works in partnership with Wirral Council’s parking team, was working around Grange Road in West Kirby and noticed two males running across the road towards Sandlea Park; both men were dressed in black, and wearing black baseball caps. Steve saw that one of the men was holding the bottom of his jacket to stop something falling out. Sensing foul play Steve followed them into the park, where he saw the offenders trying to hide behind the bushes. Steve went to approach them, but the men emerged from behind the bushes and walked away. Quick-thinking Steve used his camera to take a few photos of the two men. When he checked behind the bushes he found the victim’s handbag. Steve phoned the police and waited for them to arrive. Later that day the police contacted Steve to let him know that the bag had been returned to its rightful owner.
NSL’s manager for the area, Ewan Cobain, said: “It’s a dreadful thing to happen to anyone, but especially so when that person is visiting the area, and far from home. But I’m delighted that, because of my officer’s quick thinking, the assailants were photographed, and the bag returned to the victim. He is a credit to the
company and to Wirral Council, and deserves all of the positive attention that Civil Enforcement Officers rarely receive.”
Cllr Harry Smith, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Streetscene and Transport Services, said: “There is no doubt that the quick-thinking and tenacity of this enforcement officer could lead to arrests, well done Steve!”
For further information, please contact Dr Belinda Webb, NSL Head of Communications, on 020 7430 6912 or 07825 088794.
Notes to Editors:
• Task is part of the NSL Services Group, which employs more than 4,500 people and has over 100 offices throughout the UK. NSL provides tailored solutions for the following markets:
o Enforcement – on and off-street enforcement services; NSL is the UK’s biggest employer of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), Parking Attendants, and Traffic Attendants. NSL manages over 500 car-parks and delivers effective traffic management enforcement services for most of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, and London – where NSL works in partnership with 18 Boroughs.
o Patient and Passenger Transport –non-emergency and specialist NHS patient transport services. Passenger transport services across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
o Business Processing – identity validation solutions, and back office operations, including Shared Service Centres in Croydon, Coventry and Oldham for Transport for London (TfL), Local Government and the NHS.
o Consultancy – NSL provides a wide range of consultancy services, including parking design, traffic modelling, urban design and road safety engineering.
• NSL is an Investor in People Champion, and was awarded an Investor in People GOLD Award, joining the top 2% of UK organisations to have achieved the prestigious standard, which is given only to organisations who can demonstrate excellence in developing and supporting their staff.