THAME: Town PCSO says farewell after five years of service

PCSO Lucy Rattenberry outside Thame Town Hall

PCSO Lucy Rattenberry outside Thame Town Hall

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A police community support officer is saying ta-ta to Thame after more than five years on the beat.

Lucy Rattenberry, 29, has served on the streets of the market town since 2009 and now she’s off to train as a police constable.

Readers may recognise Lucy from her time patrolling the streets on what she calls ‘reassurance patrol’ – making people feel safe.

Her role has seen her attend everything from murder scenes to lunch with schoolchildren.

But she says there is one situation she will never forget, when she helped an elderly lady struggling to cope with living at home.

Lucy arranged for the lady to have outside help and assisted her in rehoming her beloved dog, meaning her last years were made more comfortable.

Lucy recalls: “Sadly she has since passed away but I am still in touch with her daughter and she has shown so much appreciation.

“It was a very rewarding feeling.”

Lucy, who lives in Arncott, said of her colleague PCSO Diane Jackson: “Diane and I have built some fantastic memories and I will miss working with her so much.

“I have been truly touched by the response I have had from the local people when they heard I was leaving.

“Thame has such a strong community spirit.”

Lucy will train for 30 weeks before taking up her new post at Aylesbury police station.