CRIME rates in Ellesmere are on the rise with councillors believing the figures are related to the recent loss of the town’s police station.
Members at the town council meeting last Monday heard that 15 crimes had been reported during September, a rise compared to recent figures which include just six crimes in June this year.
Despite not being able to attend the meeting, PC Paul Crump provided a report explaining the rise in crime in the area is due to a spike in burglaries.
Four home burglaries, three assaults, two criminal damages, a theft of a bicycle and five burglaries in outhouses and garages were recorded.
During July and August combined, police reported a total of 22 crimes in the area.
The report also confirmed Ellesmere Police Station is no longer active and that police in the town are now
sent from Oswestry.
Cllr Ian Ward suggested that criminal activity could be encouraged by the loss of a rapid police response to the town, adding: “There will be a delay in police arriving at the scene of an incident when they are based in Oswestry.”
Councillor Brian Knight added: “It is sad our station closed. but the police themselves should be present more around the town.”
Sgt Scott Barnes of the Oswestry Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “There has been a spike in crime across the whole area at the moment, not just Ellesmere. Some of these crimes also occurred before the station closed.
“Safe Neighbourhood officer PC Crump and two PCSOs are still operating in the area, they have data terminals with them so that they can log information from Ellesmere without the need to come back to Oswestry all the time. Staffing numbers haven’t changed.
“We are working hard in looking at recent burglaries and we encourage people to report anything suspicious as it can help form part of a picture,” he added.