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Burntwood councillors write to Commissioner calling for review of town’s policing cover

Councillors in Burntwood have written to Staffordshire’s Police Commissioner to call for a review of cover in the town.

The group of Labour representatives have raised concerns over crime in the area following the closure of the local police station last year.

Diane Evans
Cllr Di Evans

Cllr Di Evans, leader of the opposition Labour group at Burntwood Town Council, 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, so that is why I have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner as a matter of urgency.”

In the letter to Matthew Ellis, the councillors say:

The Labour Group on Burntwood Town Council are extremely concerned at the lack of adequate policing in Burntwood. Over the years we have lost an obvious presence of both police, PCSO’s and lately the closure of the Police Station in Chasetown.

Many members of the public have contacted us to express their dissatisfaction regarding the situation, including the fact that many of their concerns are not followed up and there is no conclusion. We are particularly aware of the increase in personal crimes, such a scar thefts, household burglaries and thefts from garages and sheds.

In the past we used to see members of the police service walking around the area, which enabled the public to converse with them and hence helped to alleviate their fear of crime in our area.

Letter to Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner from Burntwood Labour councillors
Cllr Sharon Banevicius
Cllr Sharon Banevicius

Cllr Sharon Banevicius, deputy leader of the opposition group at Burntwood Town Council, added: “It is clear that crime is on the increase here and is causing a great deal of anxiety for Burntwood residents.

“We are also concerned about the problems being experienced at the new estate of Holly Blue Meadows, who have seen cars and property being targeted lately.

“Police numbers have fallen significantly across the country, but we want to ensure that Burntwood has the resilience it needs and deserves.”

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