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People tell me that they feel that the police have withdrawn from the town.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?”

Chief Constable to review policing in Ludlow area

David Shaw, the chief constable of West Mercia police has announced that he is reviewing policing operations in North Herefordshire and South Shropshire, including Ludlow. This review is very welcome.

Since the summer of 2013, policing for Ludlow has been provided from Leominster police station, with our police station only used as a base when officers are working in the town. The front counter service closed last autumn. I have never been convinced that we would get such a good service and response times if police officers are based twelve miles away.

Yesterday, David Shaw told a meeting of Shropshire Council he was currently looking at how policing works in our area.

Two and a half years ago, we had to review services. We made a move which particular affected South Shropshire in a way by moving one of our bases to Leominster which covers North Herefordshire and the south part of your county. We will revisit that. We may not have got that completely right.

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