Mark Menzies quizzes Home Secretary over rural policing in Fylde

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MARK Menzies MP has questioned the Home Secretary in Parliament about issues with policing in rural areas of Fylde.

The Member of Parliament raised the issue after a recent surgery in Freckleton where problems accessing police support were raised, including by one shopkeeper who said they had reported a theft on Boxing Day only to receive a response in March.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Menzies said: “In Fylde, concerns have been raised about the Police and Crime Commissioner spreading resources away from rural areas.

“What assurances can the Home Secretary give me that Police and Crime Commissioners will be accountable to the Government for failure to spend adequately in rural areas?”

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP replied: “One of the changes that has been brought about as a result of the introduction of police and crime commissioners is a greater focus in some areas on rural crime.

“The national rural crime network, for example, has been set up, and I pay tribute to Julia Mulligan, the PCC in North Yorkshire, for being a leading light in developing that. It is an issue that I discussed with Chris Salmon, the PCC in Dyfed-Powys, and farming representatives when I was in mid-Wales a few weeks ago.

“We can now ensure, in some police areas, that PCCs put the right focus on rural crime, but to do so the right PCC needs to be elected.”

Following the Parliamentary session Mr Menzies said it was vital rural areas received appropriate levels of policing.

He added: “To wait three months for a response to a shoplifting incident from the police is clearly not good enough and it is not the first time people have complained to me that rural areas have been hit hard by changes to policing policy.

“However, when I have raised this with the current Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) I have been assured it is not the case that Fylde loses out to areas like Blackpool and Preston.

“I was pleased Theresa May took the opportunity to praise those PCCs who have supported rural areas and to remind people how important it is to vote in the coming elections to ensure Lancashire gets a commissioner whose priorities reflect the people of Fylde’s.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP speaking in the House of Commons

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