More police on the streets is the answer says Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner

Paul Richards of Labour. Picture by Rick Dillon.

There are not enough police on our streets to tackle the rising tide of crime.

Thats the opinion of Paul Richards who is standing for Labour to be Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. He points to 130 incidents of violent crime in the town in just one month and hat he says is ‘under Conservative leadership’.

Mr Richards, 53, who lives in Eastbourne, called for more police presence in Hastings and the surrounding areas to ‘prevent and cut crime’, saying they should be ‘organised in neighbourhood teams… tackling noise, vandalism, graffiti and litter.’

Mr Richards stands against Conservative Katy Bourne who has held the position since 2012, and he points to the fact that, “over the past ten years violent crime has risen in Hastings as police numbers have fallen”.

“My Conservative opponent has done the job for over a decade,” said Mr Richards, “with nothing to show except a rise in crime. That’s why the people across Sussex are saying it’s time for a change.”

Current PCC Katy Bourne.

Mr Richards says: “The latest figures show there were 196 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 130 incidents of violent crime in Hastings in just one month. Despite the best efforts of our local police, there are not enough police on our streets to tackle the rising tide of crime. “

The answer, according to Mr Richards is “more police, more prevention, and more investment in facilities for young people such as youth clubs and sports clubs.”

Mr Richards is endorsed by Labour county councillor Godfrey Daniel.

The election for Sussex police and crime commissioner will take place on May 6th.

One thought on “More police on the streets is the answer says Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner

  1. Oh hear we go again. Election approaches and all these previously unknown people suddenly appear from knowhere. We didn’t have the role of PCC before 2012. It was created just to give more jobs to politicians. It is a totally unnecessary, pointless job which us taxpayers have to fund.

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