Commissioner candidate makes drugs vow in visit to Highbridge
Maddock, local Conservative candidate for the job of Police and
Crime Commissioner, has vowed to crackdown on drug crime during
a visit to Highbridge this week.
met with John Woodman, Highbridge's County Councillor, pictured,
to learn about the issues with drugs in the town and how they
are affecting local residents.
pair visited the town's Market Street where the archway between
the Community Hall and the Alpha House flats has allegedly been
used by dealers to sell drugs.
Woodman said local residents are frightened to go to the shops
as they feel threatened and are worried for their children.
Maddock said: "As the Police and Crime Commissioner I will
make our towns, villages and cities safer for people to go about
their daily business in peace and safety. I am here to listen
and to learn about the issues that are affecting people and to
make sure we take action."
people do not know the extent to which drugs blight our local
communities. Drug addicts ultimately turn to crime to fuel their
habit, having lost their job, their home, with their attention
fully on feeding their habit."
will work with the Police to make sure we tackle this problem
head on, we cannot let the drug dealers, who make profits from
peoples misery, take over our towns. I am also keen to work
with local rehab charities to make sure addicts get the support
they need to get off drugs."
Cllr Woodman said: "It is not pleasant for local people to
have to walk past and witness this type of activity, especially
for their children. I am glad that Ken has come to Highbridge
to see the problem and I am confident that with Ken as our Police
and Crime Commissioner he will take action."
November 15th, residents across the Burnham and Highbridge area
will have the chance to go to the polls to elect the first Police
and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.
figure will be responsible for overseeing the work of Avon and
Somerset Police on behalf of residents. The
Commissioner will directly replace Avon and Somerset Police Authority,
the group of 17 councillors and independent members of the public
that currently oversee Avon and Somerset Police.
prospective candidates are Bob Ashford (Labour), Pete Levy (Liberal
Democrats) and Ken Maddock (Conservative).