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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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.

I am astonished that police commissioner's ambassador is “astonished” at speeding in Ludlow

If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny. A press release from the Police and Crime Commissioner tells of how the Community Ambassador for Shropshire was astonished at the level of speeding in Ludlow. Graham Oliver was here to witness the first day of Ludlow police’s Christmas speed and drink-driving enforcement campaign. Seven vehicles on Sheet Road were pulled over in just a few minutes for speeding.

I live near Sheet Road and I can tell you, Mr Oliver, that speeding not just frequent there, its normal. The default mode of driving on some roads here is to speed.

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On birds and trees, planning and police – when can developers chop down trees?

Update May 2016

PC David Hart, mentioned below, is no longer a member of the West Mercia Wildlife Unit. See the West Mercia police website for the latest Shropshire contact.

Main article 25 May 2015

When can developers chop down trees? The short answer is anytime. Unless they disturb nesting birds, fall foul of Tree Preservation Orders or the work is extensive enough to require a licence from the Forestry Commission.

This article is about disturbing birds. It follows two recent incidences of tree cutting on developments in Ludlow during the nesting season. I am making no suggestion that birds or their nests have been harmed during these operations but I thought it would be useful to clarify what the rules are. I can’t comment on specific cases until I get further information from officers.

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More vandalism in Ludlow town centre – your help needed (updated 16 October)

There has been more vandalism in our town centre. A bench has been pulled from its moorings outside the Library and a Museum Resource Centre window has been broken.

Vandalism at Library

There has been quite a bit of vandalism and antisocial behaviour in this area, including damage to Ludlow in Bloom planters. That’s why the CCTV cameras were installed. Did the cameras catch the culprits in this incident? Shropshire Council will be examining the footage to find out.

If you have any information on this incident, please ring 101 or email ludlow.snt@westmerciapolice.snn.uk.

You can report antisocial behaviour incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week by ringing Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9020 or filing a report online. You don’t have to give your name.

Update 16 October

Unfortunately, the CCTV cameras were not working in Parkway, so we have no evidence about who committed this crime. They are now being repaired.