Saturday, 11 August 2007

Tories criticised by Police

Inspector Mark Richards has criticised the Tory PPC for Truro and Falmouth, ex Wimbledon Councillor Sarah Newton, after she put out a press release showing big increases in crime locally. Amongst other stats she claimed robbery had increased 25%, but Inspector Richards said this actually meant an increase from 12 incidents to 15 in the year. He went on to say this is one of the safest Districts in the Country, and accused the Tories of scare-mongering.

We carried out a survey in the Barrack Lane area of Truro last year, and were surprised to find crime topped peoples list of worries. Barrack Lane is a pleasant, almost suburban, part of the City. So I went to see Inspector Richards. He couldn't remember the last time they had dealt with a crime in that part of town and asked me to try and reassure people that they lived in a very safe part of the country. That's called having a working relationship.

But it seems that with the wheels coming off the Tory campaign wagon, they're resorting to trying to scare people into voting for them. Here's a tip Sarah, next time talk to local people who know what's going on. Or better still, bugger off back to Wimbledon.

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