Reported crime in Ellesmere doubles in past month


Sarah Staples

CRIME figures continued to rise in Ellesmere last month as police now plan to reduce statistics-led measures across the region.
Inspector Rik Klair addressed members of Ellesmere Town Council last week and confirmed that 14 crimes had been reported in the town during April, up from seven crimes in March and two in February.
He reported five cases of damage, one assault in which a man became abusive toward a police officer, one burglary in the town, one public order issued and two minor assaults.
But despite the climb in reported crimes he said police have a new mission statement which focuses less on figures and more on protecting the public from harmful situations
“There was nothing of startling significance in these crimes.
“A public order was issued to two ladies who were fighting over a gentleman and there were two minor assaults which took place on a narrow boat. It was passing through but was in our area.
“I am happy with these statistics. We have changed our mission statement to ‘protect people from harm’ so we are moving away from statistics and performance and more towards tackling people who are causing harm in the community. By doing this it keeps things simple.
“There are people out there that really need targeting and this should help us achieve this.”
Town mayor Alan Clarke praised the work of police from their new town hall base, adding: “Having police at the town hall makes people feel more secure.”

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