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Councillors concerned about lack of police in Burntwood

By Jordan Reynolds | Burntwood | News | Published:

Councillors have expressed concerns about a lack of police presence in a Staffordshire town.

But Staffordshire's commissioner has insisted policing is a priority in Burntwood.

Labour members of Burntwood Town Council had voiced concerns over a lack of police presence in the town as Chasetown Police Station closed a number of years ago.

Group leader Councillor Diane Evans wrote to Matthew Ellis, commissioner for police, fire and rescue and crime, to ask for adequate cover.

She said: “We are getting more and more complaints from residents who are becoming increasingly concerned that our local officers are being called away from Burntwood far too regularly and we are left without any visible policing. People are also telling us that police responses are too slow, unhelpful and increase local fears of rising crime.

"We appreciate that police officers themselves are stretched, that’s why I’ve written to the commissioner."

Labour group vice-chairman Councillor Sharon Banevicius said: "Police numbers have fallen significantly across the country, but we want to ensure that Burntwood has the resilience it needs and deserves.”

In reply, Mr Ellis said three constables and five PCSOs were specifically assigned to Burntwood.

He added: "Local neighbourhood officers have continued to patrol the area and neighbourhood policing has been increased in the area, in line with my commitment to investing in front line services."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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