Residents in Bishop’s Cleeve and Woodmancote concerned with a rise in the number of burglaries have come together to form a community neighbourhood group with over 2000 members joining its Facebook group.
In a statement Gloucestershire Constabulary inspector Cheryl Godwin highlighted burglaries have doubled from 6 to 12 between November 1 and December 13 2017 to 12 in the same period this year."
Gloucestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner in his own Police and Crime Plan for 2017-2021 recognises that “due to unprecedented budget cuts there is a risk to neighbourhood policing”.
Alex Hegenbarth, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate said "it’s great to see the community in Bishop’s Cleeve working together to tackle crime in the area, but it only highlights how the funding cuts to policing are having real impacts on local areas. The Liberal Democrats will continue to call for better police funding at a national level, and will make sure such community groups have the support and resources they need to continue."
There are now 250 fewer PCs in Gloucestershire than there were 10 years ago and this drop in visible policing is having an impact on local communities as we see rising levels of crimes.
The Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have long argued that our police need the resources to do their job and have been petitioning for a reversal of the damaging Conservative cuts to Police Funding.