Littlehampton deserves better than the apparent ‘part-time policing’ it appears to be receiving, says local Labour Councillor Freddie Tandy.
Responding to press releases and news stories published by Sussex Police across social media outlets on Wednesday 3rd October 2018, Freddie has questioned the attitude of senior officers and the leadership of the force in response to the huge rise in anti-social behaviour around the town in recent months.
“I find it absolutely ludicrous that Sussex Police would believe coming into the town for a single day is worthy of a celebratory press release” said Cllr Tandy.
“The idea that their presence in Littlehampton is somehow special or unusual just proves why so many residents in the town have expressed their concerns to me that the police are simply not resourced or equipped to deal with the problems that we’ve seen grow so horrifically in recent months. They need to do a lot more than just put out a press release to convince people they are taking the problems in our town seriously.”
“It’s no good them turning up on a Thursday, only to disappear on the Friday, and leave the town open to the same old problems it had on the Wednesday.”
“It is ludicrous that Sussex Police believe a single day in Littlehampton is worthy of celebration. They should be here day in, day out.” Cllr Freddie Tandy - Littlehampton Labour Councillor
Research by Freddie into recent crime statistics reflects the concerns of so many Town Centre traders and residents: reports of anti-social behaviour in the area have nearly trebled in six months between January and July 2018, rocketing from 25 cases at the start of the year to nearly 75 in July.
“I actually feel really sorry for the local Neighbourhood Policing team on the ground. It is clear they are overstretched. Every time I have spoken to them about issues, or reported residents’ concerns to them, they have always been really helpful, and clearly want to deal with the situation, but it’s abundantly clear they are not adequately resourced to be able to deal with such a dramatic rise.”
“The blame for this mess must lie with one person: the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. She won re-election in 2016 on the promise of investment in front-line policing, yet the reality we see day in, day out on the streets of Littlehampton is the complete opposite.”
“It is an insult to Littlehampton if she believes that her recent photo opportunity appearance in Littlehampton will persuade residents that she is doing anything practical to address anti-social behaviour. A photo opportunity isn’t the solution to this; additional funding for additional police officers for Littlehampton is. She needs to put her hands in her pocket. Not in a year or two years’ time, but now – that is the only way this problem can realistically be addressed.”