7th Dec, 2016

Wellesbourne wants to see more police

Stratford Editorial 16th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS in Wellesbourne want to see a greater police presence.

It follows concerns the village’s Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) had not been seen as regularly.

Warwickshire Police confirmed PCSO Martin Sanford left the team and they were still working to find a replacement. But PCSO Sarah Bailey, who joined the team in Wellesbourne earlier this year, is still on the beat in the village alongside PC Catherine Morgan.

Insp Julia Brealey said: “While we work to recruit Martin’s replacement, I would like to reassure residents that the same level of community policing will continue in the interim.

“PC Catherine Morgan and PCSO Bailey will be supported by neighbouring teams and the fast response officers.”

But the parish council is still unhappy about policing levels in the village, and being left out of the loop over the PCSO changes.

Coun Anne Prior said: “We have been informed that Wellesbourne and Walton is a low crime area but our local Sainsbury’s store has been broken into and a lack of policing allows this type of crime to grow.

“The message our residents get is that they are not important despite a substantial part of their council tax going to the police.

“The service we receive does not match the costs applied. In any other situation, with a business supplier, one would cancel the contract.”

The Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, had emphasised his desire to see more police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables within the force when he took on the role in May.

He, along with MP Jeremy Wright, have been contacted by the parish council about their concerns over policing.