rate in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge falls 12% in a year
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been praised by town councillors
this week following a big fall in crime.
Ian Kennett from Burnham Police, on his last day before retiring,
revealed the latest drop in crime during a speech at this week's
town council meeting.
is down 12 per cent over the year in Burnham and Highbridge -
a big fall - and we've seen a further reduction of around 14%
on incidents year-on-year since April," he said.
detection rate - the proportion of recorded offences that are
solved by police - has also reached 45 per cent which is unprecedented."
added that one of the key reasons behind the reduction has been
Burnham police's ongoing "war" against those involved
in drug dealing and cultivation.
of thousands of pounds worth of drugs have been seized across
our area in the past year, leading to many successful convictions.
This is significant because drugs are often the reason for many
crimes," he said.
and Highbridge are far safer places now than when I started this
job 14 years ago. I feel I'm leaving it as a safe place and with
a great team in place to continue the work."
Martin Cox and town councillors thanked him for his work fighting
local crime. Cllr Cox said: "I would like to thank you on
behalf of the Town Council for all you have done over the past
14 years - it is appreciated by residents."
Neville Jones added: "You have been part of a visible 'ring
of steel' around Burnham which has no doubt detered many criminals
over the years. We thank you for all you have done."
and Inspector Roger Tolley - who was also thanked by the Mayor
at a separate event last month - have retired over the past fortnight,
as Burnham-On-Sea.com recently featured here.
Mayor Martin Cox and Sgt Ian Kennett at this week's meeting