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Low crime in Eccleshall forces PCSOs to moved elsewhere but residents are left concerned

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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POLICE have moved out of Eccleshall's police station as cut-backs have forced them to move to high-crime areas.

But Eccleshall residents fear it could lead to criminals targeting the area as they believe police response times will not be swift.

Two of the three police community support officers who used to patrol the area, have been transferred to Stafford as where there is more crime.

PCSO Dianne Lutwyche covers the area along with PCs Karl Green, Helen Davies and Mark Napier, but she will also have to patrol Swynnerton and Stone, which all four of them are also responsible for.

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PCSO Lutwyche told Eccleshall Parish Council last week: "I will still be in Eccleshall but as I have the other areas to go to as well I will not be as visible here.

"It also means no-one will be based at the station in Eccleshall anymore. I previously was here but now my official base is Stone.

"Unfortunately, the decision has had to be made because of cutbacks. Officers have to be where the operational needs are most. At the moment that is the Stafford area.

"I don't know if it will be a permanent thing. We will just have to see how it goes."

But Councillor David Jacques said: "People know that there is a good amount of time before someone comes out, especially in remote areas.

"I am really worried about the response times. Gangs have been going round looking at places they can target and they know police are not going to be there for 20 minutes."

PCSO Lutwyche said: "I will take those concerns back. The situation is that crime in Eccleshall is minimal compared to other areas."

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