Residents’ fears over policing cuts

Clive Grunshaw (second left) with Sgt Andy Bramhall at the Adlington Town meeting
Clive Grunshaw (second left) with Sgt Andy Bramhall at the Adlington Town meeting
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner faced stiff questions at a parish council meeting over a village’s safety provisions.

Clive Grunshaw attended the Adlington Town Council meeting after concerns were raised.

More than 100 residents turned out to vent their frustrations at a lack of policing in the village and how the set up has changed significantly in the last five years.

People raised worries that there is no longer a police station in the village, nor is there a community beat manager.

The village now only has two PCSOs who help tend to residents’ needs.

Speaking afterwards, County Coun Kim Snape, said: “It was a relatively successful meeting. I think people were pleased (Mr Grunshaw) gave up his time to speak to us, but now we are waiting for the answers he comes back with.

“To be honest, he couldn’t answer a lot of the questions about operations and things as he didn’t have the exact figures to hand. But he will be looking into the situation about PCSOs.”

Coun Snape said she was concerned about an increase in crime in Adlington.

Recently, crime figures have risen and Coun Snape blamed criminals from outside the area.

She added: “What we had in Adlington five years ago was completely different to now.

“There is a lot of cross border crime in the village. We have seen recently some things stolen and they have been found in places like Liverpool and Bolton and I think that’s because people are finding out about the lack of policing.

“Mr Grunshaw said they are looking to purchase more things to help track the registration plates of people.”

Town Mayor of Adlington Dan Croft, said: “Mr Grunshaw was very good; residents raised concerns about a number of things with him.

“He’s going to look at the situations and he will contact us at the next meeting.”