and Brean holiday park owners raise crime concerns
park owners from Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have met Police
and local MP James Heappey to discuss concerns about crime.
meeting, at Home Farm in Edithmead, was attended by over 20 park
owners, security managers and staff along with Chief Inspector Lisa
Simpson who commands the police force in Somerset and Sergeant Ryan
Edwards from the local beat team.
of issues were discussed, from caravan thefts to tackling drunk
and disorderly behaviour.
Inspector Simpson agreed to look at some of the specific complaints
made by those present, whilst also saying that more could be done
to work with holiday park owners and security staff to tackle some
of the more general issues raised.
& Somerset Police said they will be upgrading their highly successful
Pubwatch scheme, meaning new radio systems will work better in Brean
than the previous system.
agreed that having security and door staff in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow
and Brean connected directly to the local police would make police
more aware of possible trouble before it happened, and also mean
that holiday park and pub staff would not need to contact the police
through the main switchboards.
of CCTV and securing additional police resource for anticipated
peak periods was also discussed.
Heappey said afterwards: "Im really grateful to Avon
& Somerset Police and the park owners and security teams for
engaging so positively at our meeting."
have been some really unfortunate incidents this summer and Im
grateful to Chief Inspector Simpson for agreeing to look at those."
forward, it is clear that by connecting security teams and door
staff across the area directly to the police, well be providing
reassurance to those working in the holiday parks whilst giving
the police a much better feel for whats going on before emergency
calls are needed. I expect that to make a big difference locally."
generally, whilst Id like to see the Police & Crime Commissioner
make more savings in the back office to fund more police on the
streets, I also recognise that we need to call on Government to
tackle the damping formula which is reducing funding
for forces like Avon & Somerset more quickly than for its more
police are doing a great job with limited resources but whilst crime
numbers are falling, there is no escaping that we cannot continue
to expect the level of service we want if budgets continue to be