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People in Downham Market concerned at lack of police resources

PUBLISHED: 09:33 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 August 2017

Downham-based PCSO Claire Law with Lorne Green at Morrisons. Picture: Chris Bishop

Downham-based PCSO Claire Law with Lorne Green at Morrisons. Picture: Chris Bishop

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The public are growing concerned at the lack of police resources, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner heard when he held a supermarket surgery.

Lorne Green met shoppers at Morrisons, in Downham Market, to hear their views.

“It was a busy afternoon, people are concerned about the increased demand and the apparent lack of resources to deal with demand,” he said. “I can’t deny we have lost 300 officers over the last five years.

“We’ve been introducing new technology like body-worn cameras, drones, tablets and ANPR [automatic number plate recognition]. These are all ways of using 21st Century technology to combat crimes in the 21st Century.”

Mr Green, who spoke to around 40 members of the public in the foyer of the store, said he planned to hold a surgery every fortnight.

“It’s keeping up with my pledge to give the community the opportunity to expfress their views and concerns,” he said. “Every man, woman and child in this county should have the opportunity to influence policing where they live.”

Mr Green is chairing a public accountability forum at Aylsham Town Hall on Tuesday, September 12 (5pm). Members of the public can question Mr Green and senior officers at a question and answer session afterwards.

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