20th Sep, 2019

Police boss vows to take action to put an end to town centre vandalism

Harry Leach 21st Jun, 2018

MP Rachel Maclean and John Campion, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, have vowed to take action after meeting business owners who have suffered from vandalism in Redditch town centre.

Mrs Maclean invited PCC Campion to join her after hearing about business owners in Market Place who were using their hard-earned money to repair their smashed windows.

Tim Cangaj, the owner of Three Cooks Bakery said he is now hoping measures can be put in place to stop the vandalism in the future.

I’m glad they took the time to come and visit me and my business – it is important to feel safe,” he said.

“But there must be more action taken to prevent the crimes from happening again.

“Ideally I would like a police van situated atrt the top of Unicorn Hill on weekends but we will have to see if that is possible.”

The MP and PCC also visited Dean Corrigan, the owner of Heaphy’s Menswear, and Omar Palali, of Deniz Turkish Barber, who have also seen their businesses targeted.

Mrs Maclean said: “It was a good idea to listen to their concerns because this anti-social behaviour has got to stop.

“I want our town centre to be a safe place and free from any kind of vandalism.

“It’s clear the businesses I spoke to very much appreciated being able to speak directly to their Police and Crime Commissioner.

“John has promised action and I will be making sure he delivers.”

Mr Campion added: “I am committed to making sure our communities are safer and we will continue to work with the police and Rachel to ensure the problem is tackled.”

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