I am fighting for a greater police presence in the town centre after a spate of recent burglaries. I met with local business owners – including Sandra Malho of La Salle Verte and Nifties boss Nathaniel Richards – to discuss their concerns on Friday.
I am now urging police chiefs to boost the number of patrols in the high street, from Market Square up to London Road. Dozens of burglaries, thefts and break-ins have been reported in the town centre in recent weeks. I raised his concerns with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott and Dover District Commander Ch Insp Mark Weller – and was told arrests had been made.
Yet Ms Mahlo told me that she has witnessed anti-social behaviour and drug use – including people injecting themselves – in Market Square. She said more officers on the beat would act as a deterrence.
Our local force deserve great credit for the way they have swiftly taken action. I raised concerns about this worrying spate of burglaries and a number of arrests were made. Now we need to increase police presence in the town centre to help residents and our hard-working high street business owners feel more secure. With St James up and running, there's a real sense of excitement in Dover. Yet we cannot allow all our good work to be spoilt. People should not feel intimidated walking through town.
We recently secured more funding for our local force. Our Police and Crime Commissioner has rightly listened to people's concerns and is recruiting 200 more officers. This is a great opportunity for the force to now boost police numbers in Dover's high street.
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