Public sector news in brief

London: The London Borough of Camden and the City of Westminster have launched a poster campaign in a bid to stop the public donating money to beggars.

Headed with the stark warning ‘Your kindness could kill’, the posters warn that cash given to people living on the streets could be fuelling hard drug addiction, effectively keeping users destitute.

Cambridgeshire: Cambridgeshire Police is expanding its 13-strong comms team in the wake of a number of high-profile national stories. It is recruiting for one permanent and several temporary contract press officers, reporting to press office manager David Ward. Cambridgeshire detective constable Brian Stevens was jailed last week for perverting the course of justice.

Doncaster: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has completed a week-long campaign to get young people involved in the local community. Last week, groups of youngsters joined wardens in the borough to take part in a variety of activities, including removing graffiti and litter picks. Youngsters also designed road-safety posters and learnt about community safety at local youth centres.

St Helens: St Helens Council has launched a campaign to warn of the dangers of swimming in rivers and lakes. The media relations push features warning messages that recommend children to go swimming with an adult and learn how to help if a swimmer gets into difficulty.

Cheshire: The Cheshire and Warrington Tourist Board has appointed Barrie Kelly as its first director of marketing and communications. He was previously head of marketing and commercial development at The Mersey Partnership, the economic development, investment and tourism body for Liverpool and Merseyside. Earlier this month, the Cheshire and Warrington Tourist Board appointed Chris Brown from The Mersey Partnership as CEO.

GREENWICH: The London Borough of Greenwich is asking residents what facilities they would like as part of a wider campaign to get local people involved in helping to improve the region’s parks. Survey boards are going up in ten local parks to gather people’s views. Further forms will be available in libraries, public buildings and on the council’s website, www.greenwich.gov.uk.

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