West Mercia police and Ludlow councillors launch Safer Ludlow initiative

West Mercia police, Ludlow and Clee unitary councillors, along with Ludlow and Shropshire Councils, are launching a new initiative to tackle low-level crime across the Ludlow area. The Safer Ludlow project also aims to help people feel safer in their homes and when they are out and about in the town. The project will also encourage local businesses to improve their security.

Councillors will meet weekly with council officials and police officers to discuss any issues with crime and antisocial behaviour around the town. Other agencies, including housing associations and health services, will join the team when their expertise and knowledge is needed.

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Here we go again – another fire was lit on Gallows Bank tonight

It is only eight days since the last fire but once again vandals have built a bonfire on Gallows Bank.

We had a sense of déjà vue this evening as Mel the Collie and myself strolled onto the bank from Dark Lane. That was at 18.45 and the fire was well ablaze. Two men in beanie hats were feeding it with branches. As we approached, they ran off.

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A stupid idiot tried to set fire to Gallows Bank in Ludlow tonight – why?

It was meant to be a quiet and fairly quick walk with Mel the Collie. With a few extra minutes available, we diverted our usual night route to cut across Gallows Bank. That’s always a bit of a risk after rain as darkness falls. I’ve ended up getting a muddy butt a couple of times as my feet skidded from under me. But I didn’t expect to meet someone trying to set the bank on fire – in the rain.

Tonight, the ground wasn’t too bad. I gingerly picked my way down the slippery bank past a canoodling couple who were oblivious to the rain. Mel on the other hand was dashing around trying to get every moment out of the walk. As we got near to Charlton Rise, Mel kept pulling back. That usually means she has spotted a dog of interest. But there was no dog to be seen.

There was a flicker of light towards Sandpits but no more. Still Mel pulled and the light got bigger. What first looked like a torch soon looked like flames.

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Community concern over spate of burglaries in Ludlow needs addressing – is it the result of police cuts?

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There were three break-ins in the centre of Ludlow last Sunday night. Aragons and Harp Deli were two of the targets. Marie’s in Station Drive was another. In one case a lot of cash was stolen.

A few weeks ago there were break-ins at the Dinham Hotel, the cricket club on Burway and Fishmore Hotel. There have been a number of household burglaries over the summer, as well as a spate of thefts from sheds.

Is this a higher level of crime than we normally experience? I haven’t seen any statistics but it certainly feels like Ludlow is being targeted at present.

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