Police chief wants your concerns ahead of visit to Epworth

Crime commissioner candidate Matthew Grove
Crime commissioner candidate Matthew Grove

Police boss Matthew Grove is urging residents to tell him what crime issues need tackling in the area ahead of a special visit to the Isle.

The police and crime commissioner for Humberside will be in and around Epworth all day on Thursday, September 19.

He is now appealing for Isle residents to get in touch with him to raise crime issues in their neighbourhood so he can make a personal visit on the day.

Mr Grove said: “I am looking forward to visiting Epworth and the Isle of Axholme again.

“Here I will meet with local officers and PCSOs and then go out on patrol with them for the day.

“During that visit I hope to visit communities and meet local representatives, businesses and residents to find out their views about policing and crime.

“If you have an issue you feel I need to know about before my visit then please do let me know either by visiting my web site at www.humberside-pcc.gov.uk.

“You can also send me an e mail to pcc@humberside.pnn.police.uk or telephoning my office on 01482 220787.”

Mr Grove’s spokesman Paul Cheeseman added: “We have had complaints from shop owners about burglaries so far and Matthew is eager for more people to come forward with any concerns.

“This is a chance for residents to raise any burning issues.”

The commissioner will start his day at Epworth Police Station at 8am before going on patrol with officers in the Axholme North and Axholme South wards.

He is also expected to speak with business owners in Epworth High Street about crime levels after they were targeted in a series of burglaries earlier this year.

North Lincolnshire Council has agreed to install CCTV cameras in the area following a campaign by the Epworth Bells.

Another hot topic on the agenda will be plans for volunteer-led horseback patrols in the Isle of Axholme.

This comes after the Humberside force’s mounted police division was axed earlier this year in a cost cutting measure.

The four horses were sold for £40,050 to two police forces and a private buyer.

The unit was disbanded to save more money, with the force battling to cut £11m from its budget over the next two years.

Mr Grove is expected to appeal for residents to come forward and show their interest in a future volunteer-led scheme.

Members of Epworth Town Council and ward members are also due to meet with him to discuss their concerns in the area.