Dagenham manager scoops award after tackling youngsters who targetted store with fireworks
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A shop manager who stepped up after youngsters fired up to 50 rocket fireworks at his store has won an award.
When Billy Davies got the job of running the Co-op in Rose Lane, Marks Gate, it had been struggling with a number of challenges, including young people stealing on top of threatening neighbours, customers and staff.
The problems came to a head in Halloween last year when the youngsters threatened to burn the store down and “do something special”.
At least 50 fireworks were fired directly at the shop.
Billy organised a meeting with the community, a plan of action was formulated and since the meeting the youngsters have caused little to no trouble with the parade of shops becoming a safer place for the community to shop in again.
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In recognition of his efforts, Billy has won an award in the Show you Care category at a virtual event organised by the Co-op.
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