Traders call for more police to tackle Ulverston vandals
Last updated at 16:33, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
TRADERS in Ulverston have called for more police on the beat to tackle what they say is a rise in crime in the town.
Ralph Spours, chairman of the Ulverston Traders’ Association, presented the concerns of his members at a meeting of the Town Council on Monday night.
Mr Spours cited an increase in anti-social behaviour, the alleged robbery of two teenagers in Victoria Road last month and the criminal damage to a birch tree in County Square as examples of a rising crime rate.
He said: “We are concerned about an apparent increase in crime in the town.
“My members have suggested it’s down to a decrease in the visible police presence and a lack of CCTV monitoring and I would ask that this is looked into.”
The concerns over CCTV were raised after cameras in County Square failed to capture the vandals who damaged one of the trees on the roundabout last month.
Replacing the tree, which was planned to be part of the town’s Christmas lights display, could cost the town council several hundred pounds.
In response to Mr Spours’ comments, Inspector Kevin Spedding, who was also in attendance at the meeting, said there had been a 41.2 per cent reduction in antisocial behaviour in Ulverston since 2008.
He added: “Looking at the past five years, there is a trend that year-by-year we are seeing decrease in anti-social behaviour in Ulverston. Alongside that annual crime figures for the county as a whole show that crime is falling.
“So reports of crime rising are unfounded, unless they are not being reported.’’
Speaking afterwards, Mr Spours said Inspector Spedding’s comments would do little to reassure his members: “The statistics are historical. What we are talking about is what’s happening now.”
“It’s been reported by two or three of my traders there’s been aggressive behaviour in town.”
Mr Spours added other traders had complained about night time revellers vomiting in ginnels and backstreets near to their businesses.
He said: “We used to see the police and they had a dead easy job, there was never any trouble. It was a deterrent because they were there. ”
First published at 16:13, Wednesday, 11 September 2013
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Night time revellers have always vomited in ginnels and backstreets, front streets too, and will probably continue to do so.
Ralph is right. The town centre is getting worse with drunkenness becoming a norm. Perhaps this is why less is being reported since there is little chance of a Police response. Every week I see Oafs shouting using the worst swearwords with impunity whether or not their are children, or older people in the street. Even when they are eating in Pubs, some don't care. This is an upward trend and the more it's done the less inhibitions there seems to be about others following suite. What happened to Zero Tolerance Strategies It worked in New York. Get respect back on the streets and petty and other crimes will reduce.
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