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Beware of rogue traders at night in Ludlow

Our local policing team are investigating reports of men with backpacks knocking on doors at night. Older and more vulnerable residents in particular find these callers very unsettling. There are reports of the men being verbally aggressive. It is thought they are selling overpriced household goods. It is possible they are also looking for opportunities for a bit of light-fingered work. Please ensure that your cars and sheds are locked. Do not open the door at night if you are in anyway uncertain who is outside. Please report any incidents on 101 or email ludlow.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk.

Police will once again be based at Ludlow police station from January – good news indeed

Yesterday afternoon the West Mercia police commissioner announced the very welcome news that Ludlow will once again operate as a police patrol base. The announcement came just hours before deputy commissioner Barrie Sheldon was to appear at a public meeting of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee dedicated to community safety and crime. It comes against a backdrop of increased crime in Ludlow and the surrounding area – burglaries have doubled in the last year. Our community has also been increasingly concerned with the lack of a regular police presence in the town and slow response times.

Community safety and crime to top agenda at Ludlow and Clee meeting on Thursday

Following a spate of burglaries in the area, the next meeting of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) next Thursday, 22 October is to debate community safety. The meeting will be attended by Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Barrie Sheldon and Inspector Rob Thomas from West Mercia police. Councillor Andy Boddington, chair of the LJC says: “In recent months there has been a spate of burglaries of households and business premises in the Ludlow area. This has added to the feeling of many residents that it’s not safe to be out and about at night, or to leave their property unattended. We’ve been asking residents in Ludlow and the surrounding villages how safe they feel.

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

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.

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.

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