Funding CCTV In Our Town

27/08/2019

Just 4 years ago, this article was published by BBC news highlighting the vast swathes of cuts to CCTV budgets across the UK. In 2019 some residents in Rayleigh feel that we need CCTV to help reduce crime and improve community safety. The article goes into detail why CCTV budgets were an easy target for […]

The Future Of Private Security In Rayleigh

16/01/2019

Monday night I attended Rayleigh Town Council, Full Council meeting. It was slightly more interesting than usual as some new ideas were put forward and one noteworthy item was that of the private security that the Council recently trialled before Christmas. The reception of ‘part-time, private security’ has been met with mixed reaction from the […]

A Criminal Misuse of Public Money?

14/11/2017

Disclaimer – All views are my own, as this is written on my own website, paid for with my own money – These are NOT the views of any Council that I am a member of or a view of the Liberal Democrat Party. They are simply written as a personal view of a Rayleigh […]

Police Crime Commissioner is put in the dock by Councillors

13/09/2017

Last nigh Essex Police Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, gave a briefing to District and Parish Councillors in the Rochford District. The council chamber was fairly full (rather like Southend Police Cells! More on that later) and attended by 13 opposition members and just 9 Conservative members.  The presentation started with a brief slide show from Roger […]

Autumn 2017 e-FOCUS is out!

10/09/2017

Our team has been out busy delivering our Focus leaflets in the Sweyne Park & Grange Ward and Down Hall & Rawerth. However, since we are a progressive party….. you can read our e-Focus (our online edition) which is available here for Sweyne Park & Grange.

Local Policing

04/09/2017

What’s a Tory doing on a Lib Dem blog? Well for those that don’t know this is Roger Hirst. He’s the police crime commissioner for Essex Police.  For sometime there have been comments from residents about policing (or the apparent lack of it). So with this in mind I recently wrote to Roger’s office asking if they […]

Fed Up Motorists Get Nailed Again

08/08/2017

As my brother often reminds me when I mention the cost of running a car, that it’s “the joy of motoring”, however Rayleigh residents have had no joy recently with the damage to a lot of residents tyres caused by nails left on one particular cut through. On numerous occasions, Station Cresent has had nails […]

Don’t Let Your Kids Outsmart You – Be Cyber Aware!

22/01/2017

We often hear residents say that they’d like to see more police on our streets. The reality is resources are limited and the resource they have is spread thinly among many emerging threats. A big shift of their work has moved from being on the beat to ‘patrolling’ the internet. Whilst of course the internet has brought […]

Crime Fighting Time

20/09/2016

Tonight I attended a presentation given by Roger Hirst (Essex Police & Crime Commissioner) and ahem, a couple of invisible police chiefs (not quite sure where they went), about the new Essex Police & Crime plan. This plan lays out 7 key areas that Mr Hirst wants Essex police to focus on. 1. More local, […]

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