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Thanking him for 15 years in the slammer

Thanking him for 15 years in the slammer

Published by Chris Craddock
6:00am 8th June 2019. (Updated at 12:39pm 8th June 2019)

He spent 15 years in the slammer but now we're thanking this Snettisham man for it.

Eric Langford is one of county's longest serving volunteers at police custody centres.

So that means he'd visit them unannounced to check out how people were being treated.


volunteeer Eric Langford and Norfolk PCC Lorne Green
eric is thanked by norfolk's police and crime commissioner


Eric announced during National Volunteers Weeks that he's stepping away from this work and said:

"It's a role that very few are aware of but which is so important in ensuring that people detained by the police - many of whom are vulnerable - are being treated fairly and in accordance with their rights. Every week of every year, volunteers take it in turns to visit custody, unannounced and in pairs, during the day or even into the night, to talk with those in custody. For the time detainees are held in custody, they lose their freedom and the privileges that come with it, but they deserve an appropriate level of care and welfare - and we help ensure they get that.

"I've very much enjoyed my time as an ICV; it has given me the unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of custody and policing, and the laws which form the framework for what they do. I've also enjoyed working alongside the other volunteers taking on the role. I'd definitely encourage those looking for a volunteering role with a difference to consider joining one of the custody visiting panels."


lorne green


Our Police and Crime Commissioner highlighted Eric's work during National Volunteers Week as well.

Lorne Green said:

"National Volunteers Week - and, more importantly, occasions like this which recognise dedication and commitment to volunteering by people like Eric - serve as a reminder that this country couldn't run without volunteers. Norfolk, in particular, has some excellent ones.

If you want to give your time to help like Eric did - you can apply through the Norfolk PCC website.

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