POLICE officers are to increase their patrols of Redditch town centre in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and protect local businesses from vandalism.
Back in May, the Standard reported the kind of problems business owners were facing – you can read the full story here.
At the time Tim Cangaj, owner of Three Cooks Bakery, contacted us after discovering his shop windows had been smashed by yobs again.
He said: “I am paying for this out of my own pocket and if it continues to happen I will have no business left.”
After seeing his story Redditch MP Rachel Maclean met Mr Cangaj with West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion.
Together they decided the best way to combat vandalism would be to increase the number of officers in the area – a plan which has now been put into action.
Mrs Maclean said: “We should hopefully see a fall in the number of anti-social behaviour and vandalism incidents.
“However I will continue to work with John and the police to monitor the situation and see what other action we can take to make sure we put an end to it.”
Residents are also urged to help Police by reporting any incidents of anti-social behaviour or vandalism they witness by calling the non-emergency number 101.
Mr Campion added: “When the communities of West Mercia raise their concerns, I will listen and act where possible. These residents shouldn’t have to suffer and fear crime.”