Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Visits Bromsgrove to Discuss Local Concerns

27 Feb 2024
Councillors David Nicholl and Sam Evans with Sarah Murray

Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Sarah Murray met with councillors in Bromsgrove to discuss local crime concerns.

Sarah, who is standing for the Liberal Democrats in May’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections, has a wealth of experience in the criminal justice system gained through her experience in the field of law, teaching and working in mental health.

She has also campaigned vigorously to end violence against women and girls and she is campaigning to bring liberal values to West Mercia Police Force to help tackle and prevent crime.

Sarah met with Bromsgrove councillors and campaigners to discuss local residents’ concerns. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were concerns of burglaries, with a shocking 585 burglaries per day going unsolved.

Sarah commented: “As a Worcestershire resident I see firsthand the impacts that Conservative cuts have had on policing. Our police work incredibly hard to keep our communities safe but they need greater investment and support from Government.”

“Over 70% of burglaries in West Mercia went unsolved in the last year. That is why the Liberal Democrats are campaigning for a burglary response guarantee to be enshrined in law, ensuring that all domestic burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated.”

Sarah also slammed the Conservatives’ cuts to community policing with a 14% decrease in Police community support officers since 2015.

She added: “The Liberal Democrats are demanding a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on tackling neighbourhood crime.”

Sarah’s comments were also echoed by Dr David Nicholl, Councillor for Avoncroft on Bromsgrove District Council who is standing to be Bromsgrove’s next MP.

David commented: “Time and again this Conservative Government has failed to deliver the absolute basics of stopping and solving crime. Enough is enough.”

“Bromsgrove deserves better. That is why I am proud to support Sarah to be our next Police and Crime Commissioner to get more bobbies on the beat and ensure that resident can feel safe.”