Pickpocketing Surrey Police

Today, the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons published its report, Police Service Strength. It exposes the extent to which this government has choked local funding for police – literally pickpocketing the Surrey force. We already knew that Surrey taxpayers pay £5.5 billion per year to the Treasury, but get back just a […]

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Police Mergers Threaten Local Policing

Yesterday, The Times reported that the government is looking to force through the merger of a number of police forces. After years of being short-changed by government – a 39% real term decrease in funding for Surrey police since 1997 – a forced merger of Surrey with other forces would be the thin end of […]

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End the Centralisation of Surrey Police

On Saturday, I visited Cobham’s police station and talked to local police and civilian volunteers, coordinated by Ken Purssey (see below). I listened to local concerns about the threat to Cobham station – and wider services across Elmbridge – as a result of the efficiency drive within the Surrey force. The Chief Constable recently consulted […]

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Tackling Crime in Esher & Walton

Last week a headline in the local paper ran: ‘Malicious youths hurl plant pots in Walton assault’. It was exactly the kind of mindless attack that is seized upon to demonstrate increasing anti-social behaviour, and declining order on our streets. But does it reflect the bigger picture across Esher and Walton? The truth is that […]

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