concerns addressed by new Burnham-On-Sea Police Sergeant
and Highbridge's new neighbourhood Police sergeant has assured town
councillors this week he is dedicated to keeping the town safe.
Ryan Edwards answered councillors' questions on travellers, policing
numbers and terrorism during a meeting last night (Monday, June
Edwards - who was born in Burnham-On-Sea and lives locally - said:
"I care very much about the Burnham area and want to ensure
this is a safe, strong community."
Peter Burridge-Clayton asked what the Police are doing about travellers,
noting concerns about the group on the seafront lawns on the South
Esplanade in recent days.
Edwards said: "I am aware of this group and we are supporting
Sedgemoor District Council as they go through the courts to get
them moved from the council land."
are often an issue at this time of year - we have also seen them
in the Sedgemoor Splash Car Park in Bridgwater over the weekend."
never an easy issue - they know what they can and can't do, and
often try to stretch it to the limit."
Louise Parkin said she'd received nine complaints about the travellers'
dogs frightening passers-by on the seafront over the weekend.
Martin Cox asked about current policing numbers in Burnham-On-Sea
Edwards said: "We have a dedicated, experienced team for the
wider Bridgwater area which includes Burnham and Highbridge, Brean
and Cheddar and have plenty of resilience. That
said, I would like more officers - I don't have the numbers I'd
like. We have five beat managers and 8-9 PCSOs. I'd like to see
more '999' officers operating out of Burnham," he said.
Council Clerk Tatiana Cant asked whether local people can help the
Police's work locally following the recent terrorism attacks in
London and Manchester.
Edwards said that residents who have concerns about people or packages
should always call the Police to investigate. "We would much
rather investigate a false alarm rather not be called at all and
find there was an issue," he said.