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More police support for Hucknall

A war of words over policing costs has broken out between the leader of Wyre Council, Coun Peter Gibson and Lancashires PCC Clive Grunshaw.

A war of words over policing costs has broken out between the leader of Wyre Council, Coun Peter Gibson and Lancashires PCC Clive Grunshaw.

Hucknall’s policing team is being boosted with four more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Two officers are already on town centre patrols with their mentors and two more are on the way.

The extra police presence has been funded through the partnership plus scheme which generates extra funding and resources to the areas at greatest risk of crime.

“Our extra PCSOs will increase the visual presence around the areas of East and Central Hucknall,” said Insp Nick Butler.

“Their priorities will be preventing crime and reassuring communities.”

One of the issues they will be tackling is shoplifting.

“We have suffered an increase of 33 per cent in shop crime offences compared to this time last year,” added Insp Butler. “This is a very significant problem and one we are tackling both through the Shopwatch scheme, the radio system, CCTV and the use of PCSOs patrolling the High Street.”

News of extra police support has been welcomed.

A spokesman for the I Love Hucknall group said more police would be of benefit.

“It’s definitely a good thing and seeing officers on the streets will act as a deterrant,” said Sandy Singleton. “It makes both traders and shoppers feel more secure.”

 

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