There are plenty of reasons to be angry at this Conservative Government but today's so-called strategy to tackle a rise in violent crime deserves special mention as it is are nowhere near the serious approach needed by communities.Read More
In recent years, police numbers have fallen and crime has risen, whilst the Conservative Government has slashed policing budgets in Devon and Cornwall by £63m since 2010.
Forcing our dedicated police officers to do more for less just isn’t working. The number of police officers in our area has fallen with official government figures reporting we now have nearly 600 fewer officers since 2010, and a staggering 21,339 fewer in England in Wales in total.Read More
Some people here in Plymouth Moor View have been asking my view in recent weeks on the proposed merger of Devon and Cornwall Police with the Dorset force. My view: now is not the time for a merger that could shift focus away from tackling rising serious and violent crime we’ve had in our communities, and tie up precious resources in merger bureaucracy.Read More
Today, Charlotte Holloway, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Moor View, has written to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner and our Conservative MP Mr Mercer to ask questions about recent crime increases, raising particular concerns on crimes that disproportionately affect women as well as Public Order Offences.Read More
Yesterday I joined residents at a Whitleigh public meeting with police, local councillors and our Tory MP on crime levels. People are rightly concerned and angry at recent serious crime incidents, and a rise in anti social behaviour in Whitleigh and elsewhere across the north of the city.Read More
On Wednesday, I was delighted to join neighbouring Labour MP Luke Pollard and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn at a roundtable with firefighters and representatives of the police to discuss the impact that nearly a decade of cuts have had on local services and their ability to keep the public safe.Read More