Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden seeks fair cut of police budget

PUBLISHED: 17:51 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 19 April 2018

Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden meeting with Chief Inspector O'Keeffe and Potters Bar Neighbourhood Watch. Picture: Mr Dowden's office.

Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden meeting with Chief Inspector O'Keeffe and Potters Bar Neighbourhood Watch. Picture: Mr Dowden's office.

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Potters Bar’s MP Oliver Dowden has urged Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to give the town a fair share of the policing budget.

The Hertsmere MP wrote to David Lloyd after residents raised fears about soaring burglaries and other crime in the borough.

Mr Dowden said: “I supported the commissioner’s proposal last year to increase the portion of council tax reserved for policing and I wanted to use this opportunity to urge him to ensure that funding for policing is fairly distributed across the county.

“In particular I am concerned that small towns and large villages such as Borehamwood, Bushey, Shenley, Radlett and Potters Bar do not lose out to the county’s larger towns.”

He added that following his latest meeting with Hertsmere’s Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe he was “impressed to hear in detail the action the police are taking to deal with crime” in the borough.

It comes after the police revealed burglaries had soared 64 per cent in Potters Bar between December and February compared to the previous year.


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