Police candidate comes back home

Tony Harper Conservative candidate for Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Tony Harper Conservative candidate for Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

A candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election has returned home to Hucknall to talk tackling crime with residents.

Tony Harper, the Conservative candidate for the role, grew up on Thoresby Estate, living with his brother, sister, mother and father who was a Pit Miner at Hucknall Colliery.

He left at home in 1975, at age eighteen, to join the police as a Cadet which turned into a career as a police officer spanning 36 years.

Now the former Chief Inspector has returned to Hucknall on the campaign trail joining Mark Spencer MP to talk crime and safety with residents.

Both Tony and Mark setup a street stall on High Street and talked to dozens of shoppers about problems such as bike thefts from sheds and gardens.

Tony said: “It is always fantastic to come home to Hucknall and see the old family home and places I used to go as a child like the old colliery site.

“From talking to people on the High Street there are concerns about recent car and bicycle thefts and action needs to be taken to resolve the problem.

“Hucknall is a great place to live and we must make it as safe as possible by taking the necessary precautions as a community and also by working closely with our hardworking police officers.”

Mark Spencer MP added: “I was delighted to welcome Tony back to Hucknall to meet local residents on High Street and talk how we can make our town a safer place.”

The father-of-two, who will be mentored by Newark MP Robert Jenrick, was selected by Conservative Party members in September.

Mr Harper is currently a Broxtowe district councillor representing Eastwood.

He also sits on the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel.