In a stark message, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has warned that budget cuts could see even fewer policemen and women on our streets and officer numbers reduced to the lowest levels since the 1970's. Cheadle residents, already concerned about the increase in crime levels locally, will be alarmed that official figures show a 17% increase in recorded crime over the last twelve months.
Violent offences, sexual offences, robbery, theft and vehicle crime have all increased in that time.
GMPs budget has been cut by £183million over eight years and Liberal Democrats say enough is enough. The Party has called for urgent action by the Conservative government to give our Police force the resources they need. The GM Mayor has also been asked to intervene in the policing crisis.
Cllr Suzanne Wyatt says "I am very concerned that criminals are taking advantage of lower Police numbers and targeting our area."
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at Stockport Council has already met with the GM Mayor and asked him to lead an all-party delegation to lobby the Home Secretary for more funds. In the meantime, local Lib Dems have launched a petition demanding more bobbies on the beat. Sign the petition here: https://www.cheadle-libdems.org.uk/police_petition
Tom Morrison, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Cheadle Liberal Democrats said, "For too long our Police force has head to deal with cut after cut by this Conservative government. It's time more money was put into areas, such as community policing, which will help tackle and prevent crime."