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.

People tell me that they feel that the police have withdrawn from the town. They worry the police station is closed to the public. People say they don’t see police out and about. Continue reading “Community concern over spate of burglaries in Ludlow needs addressing – is it the result of police cuts?”

Do you feel less safe with street lights turned off during the night?

Let us know at teamludlow.uk.

The nights are drawing in, as they say. It’s dark in the evening and, if you an early riser like me, in the morning. Overnight it’s close to pitch black as the majority of streetlights are turned off between midnight and five-thirty in the morning.

There are 18,500 street lights in Shropshire, each costing between £40 and £80 a year to operate. Shropshire Council started to introduce part-night lighting in April 2012. It says that it is “turning the lights off principally to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and manage costs.” Around two-thirds of street lights are turned off in Shropshire during the early hours of the morning.

Continue reading “Do you feel less safe with street lights turned off during the night?”

Do you feel less safe with street lights turned off during the night?

Let us know at teamludlow.uk.

The nights are drawing in, as they say. It’s dark in the evening and, if you an early riser like me, in the morning. Overnight it’s close to pitch black as the majority of streetlights are turned off between midnight and five-thirty in the morning.

There are 18,500 street lights in Shropshire, each costing between £40 and £80 a year to operate. Shropshire Council started to introduce part-night lighting in April 2012. It says that it is “turning the lights off principally to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and manage costs.” Around two-thirds of street lights are turned off in Shropshire during the early hours of the morning.

Continue reading “Do you feel less safe with street lights turned off during the night?”

“Breathe another word and I’ll kill you” – police appeal after man is threatened in Ludlow

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened in the grounds of St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow. Perhaps you were the person who stopped to help?

The incident occurred at around 4.30pm on Friday 9 January, when a man in his 60s was threatened by a man who said:

Breathe another word and I’ll kill you.

The suspect is described as white, aged around 20-28, around 5” 9’ of slim build with a star tattoo on the left side of his neck. At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey hooded top, with a red coloured J on the right side.

Police are keen to trace anyone who may have witnessed the incident, particularly a man who stopped to help.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101. Please quote incident number 563 of 9 January.