James’s letter to the Bury Times about crime and policing in Bury
16th October 2018
In recent weeks my office has received correspondence from concerned residents across Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom who’ve been victims of crime and felt that the police have let them down in their follow up.
Greater Manchester Police have lost 2,000 officers due to austerity over the last eight years and as a result, difficult decisions have been made which include reduced callouts and scrapping investigations for some ‘low level’ crimes such as theft and vandalism.
These crimes certainly don’t feel ‘low level’ for the victims and many have told me of the lasting emotional impact they feel as a result of these crimes and the lack of follow up.
I have written to the Home Secretary and the Chancellor calling for more funding for our police to right this wrong and I am currently collecting evidence ahead of a meeting with Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes, who has responsibility for crime and policing to discuss what more can be done using existing resources to tackle low level crime and support victims.
If you live in Bury North and you’ve been a victim of crime in recent months I want to hear your experiences, including the reaction of the police. Contact my office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 503 2000 to share your story.
I appreciate the difficult situation our police find themselves in, but it cannot be the case that victims of crime are left out to dry.
James Frith MP
Member of Parliament for Bury North