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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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. Continue reading “Police will once again be based at Ludlow police station from January – good news indeed”

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. Continue reading “Community safety and crime to top agenda at Ludlow and Clee meeting on Thursday”

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?”

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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