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Councillors call for action on front line policing

 
Created on 16/10/2017 @ 11:30
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Two Newtown councillors have called on the UK government to increase funding for frontline policing following the crime spree in the town in recent weeks.

Cllr Elwyn Vaughan and Cllr Joy Jones, said they welcomed news, as reported by MyNewtown yesterday, that high definition CCTV is to be prioritised in Newtown by the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, but said the wider issue was about national funding of the police.

Their comments followed the vicious attack on Danny Foulkes and another attack on an off duty firefighter in which his leg was broken a week ago. It also follows revelations of a 150 per vent increase in crime on businesses in the town over the past year as unearthed by Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George.

“It’s unfortunate that some residents have suffered injury, others have suffered criminal damage to property and the increased overall concern about the situation in the area, but action needs to be taken at a number of levels to overcome this and at the end of the day this includes the Westminster Government which has cut the police workforce by 45,000 since 2010," they said in a joint statement.

Cllr Vaughan represents Plaid Cymru, while Cllr Jones is an independent.

"We therefore support and welcome the Early Day Motion being presented by Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts at Westminster highlighting this fact."

Liz Saville Roberts has tabled an Early Day Motion at Westminster calling on the government to return front line policing to pre-2010 numbers.

Meanwhile, an independent group is being set up in Newtown to look at crime and to work with the police and others to bring the community together to fight it. It has been launched by Duncan Foulkes, the father of Danny Foulkes, who has also launched an online petition urging better resources for police in Newtown.

He has told MyNewtown that the group and campaign is to support the police and their work, not to be critical of them, by demanding better resources and funding to fight crime in the town.

 

 

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