Council’s concern over cuts

Councillors in Chapel have expressed concern about cutbacks to policing after crime figures for May showed a 44 per cent increase over the same period last year and a detection rate of 16.7 per cent.

Members of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council made their comments in light of the closure of the police inquiry office, the knowledge that response officers were working out of Buxton and that there had been a reduction in officers in the section.

Cllr Mike Smith said: “We need to ask whether the rise in crime and the fall in detection rates is linked to police coverage being spread too thinly.”

Cllr Jocelyn Street added: “A local licensee has expressed concern that fewer officers on the beat and longer response times are a retrograde step and will have a negative impact on behaviour in the town.”

Cllr Peter Harrison said he felt the closure of the inquiry office would lead to a further deterioration in service.