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Police response in Soham criticised by town council

Levels of policing were criticised by Soham Town Council on Monday
Levels of policing were criticised by Soham Town Council on Monday

Soham’s town councillors have demanded police take action on crime in the town, warning criminals could take advantage of a lack of officers.

On Monday, town councillors heard how reports of daylight drug deals in the Recreation Ground, which were reported to the Cambridgeshire Police, were going unpunished and unattended.

Before the summer recess Insp Paul Rogerson told town councillors the force was ‘focusing on serious crime’.

Chairman Cllr Rosemary Aitchison said: “He told us that because crime is very low we don’t merit having police. I don’t think that’s good enough. We all pay our Council Tax but we don’t get anything in return.”

Cllr Elizabeth Johnston said she was concerned criminals could ‘get to know there is no police if there is no response’ to reports. “I want to know where the police are,” she said.

Cllr Aitchison urged the public to report all crimes, no matter how minor, to ensure the force were aware of incidents in the town. “It looks like we have no crime if we don’t report it,” she said.

Councillors agreed to write to the police to highlight their concerns.


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