Call for bigger police presence in Buckley

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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COMMUNITY leaders want to see more of a police presence on the streets
to help crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Police were present at a meeting of Buckley Town Council to address any concerns the council had.

Despite members praising the efforts of the police, problems including a lack of police visibility in the town, a slow response time to crimes, and ongoing anti-social behaviour were all raised.

But district inspector Sharon McCairn said there has been ‘a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour in the area’.

She said: “The figures show there is a trend forming. I’m not saying it has been eradicated.”

Insp McCairn added: “What I do now is task each patrol team in problem areas.”

Concerns were also raised about officers no longer being based in Buckley, with members saying it takes police too long to respond to calls from Mold.

Insp McCairn said there should not be that much of a delay with officers responding to calls.

Speaking about officers being based in Mold, she said: “It is important to us that everyone is together and they are tasked together. That does not mean officers are always in Mold.”

Buckley Cllr Ron Hampson, said he was ‘quite happy’ with the way policing is going in Buckley, but believed the town could do with a ‘bigger police presence’.

“I think we could do with a permanent fixture in the town and probably a regular PC here in Buckley because it’s a big place and there is a lot of trouble with gangs and drugs,” he said.

“Flintshire Connects should be ready in September. I would like to see the police move into this so there is a greater point of contact in the town.”

Insp McCairn said there is still high visibility police in Buckley patrolling the streets, adding: “Flintshire Connects is something that the police will be looking at in the future”.

Cllr Carol Ellis said she felt there has been a lack of relationship between the town council and police officers in Buckley.

She said: “For the past 15 years there has always been a face that we know. Over the past few years this has dramatically changed.”

She added: “I believe we have lost that relationship.”

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