New chief’s people power hope to keep crime down

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw was at Morrisons supermarket in Kirkham as part of his roadshow around the Fylde, talking to local people about their policing concerns. Clive talks to Newton with Clifton and Salwick Parish Councillors Jennifer Benson (left) and Jacqueline Stapleton.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 11-7-2013
Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw was at Morrisons supermarket in Kirkham as part of his roadshow around the Fylde, talking to local people about their policing concerns. Clive talks to Newton with Clifton and Salwick Parish Councillors Jennifer Benson (left) and Jacqueline Stapleton. PIC BY ROB LOCK 11-7-2013
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Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner visited the Fylde coast with a clear message – help me to help improve our county’s force.

Clive Grunshaw, elected to the post in November, visited residents, shoppers and councillors outside Morrisons in Kirkham as part of a roadshow visit of towns and boroughs across the county.

The police and crime commissioner said it was important to meet with people and get their views on the county’s police force.

He added: “This is my second series of roadshows, and reflects the fact that community engagement is a vital part of my role. I need to know what the public is thinking and where their concerns lie in order for me to be able to represent them, and I’m glad so many people came out to meet me today.”

Despite relatively low levels of crime in Fylde, Lytham has suffered in recent years from several armed raids, the latest in February at Santander Bank, where more than £20,000 was stolen.

Mr Grunshaw said: “As part of this roadshow I am speaking to people about joining the police as a police cadet, volunteer or special constable. My hope is that with more people we can improve visibility on the streets, including Fylde.”