Top cops in town to hear your views

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE’S top cops will be on hand in Hinck­ley to hear what res­i­dents think of polic­ing and crime fight­ing pol­icy.

A road­show event will bring both Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice’s chief con­sta­ble Si­mon Cole and Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Lord Willy Bach to the town next week.

The pair will be out­side the Wilko store next Tues­day (Novem­ber 21) be­tween 9.30am and 11.30am to hear the views of shop­pers in the town as part of the ‘What Mat­ters To You?’ road­show.

No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary and all are wel­come to at­tend.

Po­lice vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the lo­cal Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team will also be on hand along­side In­spec­tor Dan Eveleigh, Com­man­der of the Hinck­ley and Blaby Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Area (NPA) to an­swer ques­tions from the pub­lic about lo­cal is­sues and let them know about com- mu­nity safety.

Lord Willy Bach re­cently said rises in crime were down to cuts made to front­line polic­ing while on so­cial me­dia re­ports of break-ins and thefts from ve­hi­cles have spi­ralled in re­cent months.

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice is­sued ad­vice ear­lier this year on keep­ing ve­hi­cles safe af­ter what it was an un­prece­dented num­ber of ve­hi­cle break-ins and tool thefts.

The force re­ceived over 800 re­ports of com­mer­cial build­ings be­ing bro­ken in to since the be­gin­ning of the year.

Items re­cov­ered by the po­lice have been re­united with their own­ers fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful show­cases of re­cov­ered goods in Le­ices­ter.

How­ever on so­cial me­dia com­mu­ni­ties have called on greater po­lice pres­ence and faster re­sponse times when break-ins are re­ported.

Last month Lord Bach said cuts to polic­ing were be­hind rises in crime.

He said: Lord Bach said: “These fig­ures are shock­ing and in my view can, at least in part, be ex­plained by the huge Gov­ern­ment cuts to polic­ing over the past seven years.

“Any­one who ar­gues the tak­ing away of mas­sive re­sources, par­tic­u­larly in the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers – nearly 25 per­cent in Le­ices­ter­shire’s case – has no rel­e­vance to today’s in­crease are just plain wrong.”

Lord Willy Bach

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