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Petition Launched Demanding "More Police for Newport"

February 22, 2019 11:22 PM
By Greg Spruce
Police officer

Newport Lib Dems are pushing for more police (photo credit: Ollie Harding)

Newport Liberal Democrats have launched a petition demanding more police officers for their town. The petition, devised by Councillor Thomas Janke, is supported by fellow campaigners and candidates Sarah Syrda, Nick Garvey and David Ellams.

Councillor Thomas Janke said " We have had a recent spate of thefts and burglaries in Newport, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that criminals see Newport as a 'soft target'. Yet residents rarely see a police officer in town. "

He continued " Recent statistics reveal that West Mercia Police has just 8.5 front line officers per 100,000 population, the second lowest ratio in the UK. This is completely unacceptable. 115 additional police are being recruited by West Mercia. However, not one of these will be stationed in Telford and Wrekin - even though our council tax will rise to cover them. I hope residents will support me and my colleagues by signing and sharing our petition. We can and will demand better for Newport than what John Campion, our Conservative Police Crime Commissioner is offering."

The petition is now live and we can be signed by clicking here