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Resources could be left to commissioner

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Three weeks ago this newspaper asked its readers a question – "What do you think would help to cut down anti-social behaviour in Central Somerset".

I made the basic point that current "hotspots" of anti-social behaviour which this newspaper endeavours to publish each week through its Crime File feature, needs an increase of police presence. Meaning the higher activity of crime, the higher input of policing. Local people have made this known through the media, PACT meetings, and Neighbourhood Watch, for long period of time.

I would like to add that anti-social behaviour is not in the sole domain of young people, I think the local police will agree that the problem exists across most age groups, involving both genders.

The Somerset and Avon Police were given various site options by our town council when their own lease at the fire station expired. But the expectation of a 24 hour police manning was not to be, due to reductions in their policing budgets, which effectively brought matters to an end.

So even if the town council had offered the freedom of the town hall local police presence would not have changed, still no local police from 11pm until 3am. I also believe that a similar pattern will follow in other towns in Somerset, where a major town control smaller towns within a certain radius, meaning that perhaps Wells will be the primary police station controlling all police matters in Street, Glastonbury, and surrounding villages.

It really is a question of flexibility of manpower resources, and quick response times from our police.

Perhaps we should leave it all to the newly elected Police Commissioner after November 15.

Jim Barron


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