Debate lined up in Dunchurch between Warwickshire Police Commissioner candidates on rural policing

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A RUGBY borough councillor has organised a pre-election debate to focus on rural policing and crime.

The debate will take place on Wednesday October 31 at 7pm in Dunchurch Village Hall.

It is free and open to all interested residents of the county. All three candidates will be in attendance.

Cllr Howard Roberts, who has organised the event, said: “I am delighted that the police commissioner candidates are to attend this debate. Here residents can drill down to find out their views on rural policing.”

“I have always feared a situation where the police authority balances it budget by cutting rural policing. I would like to hear from the commissioner candidates how they are going to fight to make rural policing a priority.”

In his letter to all three candidates Cllr Roberts says: “The villages I represent are fearful of crime. There is worry that in the future response times may be become slower and officer patrolling less frequent, especially in comparison to the urban areas. I know the people I represent would like to hear you address these concerns amongst others as they decide how to cast their votes.”

Cllr Roberts will not be endorsing any single candidate, and says he will vote for the individual who outlines the most sensible plan for protecting the villages in Warwickshire.

Cllr Roberts added: “I want to work closely with whoever wins in order to keep the people I represent safe.”