Look out for your neighbours during Christmas period
NEIGHBOURLY concern is being encouraged by Derby City Council this Christmas as it urges people to look out for signs of struggle and abuse among those living close by.
The city's adult safeguarding team said it can be a difficult and lonely time for people living alone, particularly if the weather is bad.
The authority is urging people to pop round to neighbours every now and again and ask them how they are or invite them round for a cup of tea and a chat.
And it also warns that it is often elderly people who are most at risk of abuse.
Allan Breeton of the safeguarding team said: "Abuse can be carried out by carers, family members or complete strangers.
"Many people will remember the case of Fiona Pilkington in Leicestershire, who was a victim of persistent anti-social behaviour and who tragically took her own life and that of her disabled daughter.
"We need to work together to help prevent anything like that happening in our neighbourhoods.
"Many areas have a great community spirit and I believe this makes a real difference to the lives of people who might otherwise be lonely or at risk of harm."