A Burntwood councillor has called for an increased police presence in the town.

Cllr Sue Woodward said she had contacted Chief Inspector Mark Ward over concerns about increases in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Sue Woodward

The leader of Burntwood Town Council and Staffordshire County Council member said hotspot areas such as Sankey’s Corner had seen a spate of incidents.

“While we all know that police resources are stretched, Burntwood residents need reassurance that police are actively patrolling in the town, particularly at night.

“I’ve had a number of calls again over this last few days about vandalism, car racing and general bad behaviour and we need to see a higher profile from the police to try to stamp this out.

“If nothing else, some of these activities also breach lockdown rules as well as causing distress, nuisance and fear.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Woodward added that residents needed to see more being done to tackle the issue.

“At a time when we are being asked for an increase of 5.99% to the police element of our council tax bill and when police numbers have been cut, people need to see what they are getting for their money.

“I trust that Chief Inspector Ward will respond positively to local voices.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

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  1. I may be a Conservative supporter, but it is good to see a prominent Labour councillor raising this issue. I know Cllr Woodward has an excellent standing and reputation in the community so hopefully her plea will be listened to and policing will be improved.

    I have elderly relations living near the areas highlighted and they are very concerned about this issue. Knowing that Cllr Woodward has been listening to their concerns and acting so decisively will be reassuring for them to hear.

    Party politics aside, it is good to know my relations and other residents of Burntwood are being so well-represented.

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