Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Saturday, August 18, 2012
BANWELL is not receiving an adequate level of policing, according to councillors representing the village.
At a meeting of Banwell Parish Council on Monday it was reported that there has been a recent spate of burglaries in the village.
And parish councillors and the village’s representative said they were dissatisfied with the police presence in the parish, saying there had been a noticeable drop over the past 12 months.
The police beat teams were reorganised earlier this year and Banwell beat is now part of the larger team covering Worle and the surrounding villages.
At Monday’s meeting PCSO Maggie Evans told the council that there had been a slight increase in crime over the past two months.
In the period from July 1-31, there was one theft and handling offence reported, two house burglaries, one other burglary, three thefts and one violence against a person.
The village’s ward councillor on North Somerset Council, Tim Marter, said he had received several reports about a man who had been acting suspiciously outside homes in the village over the past month.
He said he was unhappy with the level of policing since the beat reorganisation, and that he would be writing to Chief Superintendent Julian Moss to express his concerns.
He added: “It comes down to the fact that there is a lack of proper community policing in practice.”
Parish councillor Angela Haden said: “I think there aren’t enough local police constables around, they are all up in Portishead.
“I think there is a feeling in the parish that since the reorganisation of the beats that we don’t have the coverage.”
Fellow councillor Paul Bateman said that there had been two incidents recently where thefts had been reported to the police by people in the parish, but they had not been met with a satisfactory response.
He said that during one of the incidents, where an industrial unit in the village had been broken into, the police had not responded to the first 999 call.
Following two more calls, 20 minutes later, six police cars had then turned up.
He said: “It’s the system that’s at fault here, not the ground troops.”