Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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The political choice on police numbers

When three experienced councillors who know their community inside out all say their area needs more resources, we should listen.

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As the Leader reports, that is what happened at a recent meeting of Caia Park community council, where the county councillors for Whitegate, Queensway and Wynnstay all told local officers that Wrexham needs more resources from the police. As the report notes, I was at that meeting too – and had already raised these concerns with North Wales’ Chief Constable.

It’s important to stress that the police are doing a good job with the resources they have – but the fact remains that, ten years ago, Wrexham had many more police officers, with a dedicated constable for many wards in town.

There are pressures on resources, but politics is about choices. The Government has chosen to cut corporation tax and inheritance tax in recent months – cuts which could, and should, have raised the money that our local councillors say we need spending on our police service.

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