MP takes up wildlife crime issues with borough's top police officer

By Neil Speight

17th May 2024 | Local News

EAST Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe recently met with borough police commander CI Tony Atkin to discuss crime and issues in the borough.

In particular the discussion focussed on car crime, anti-social behaviour, wildlife crime and how the police can increase community cohesion.

Figures released by Essex Police show overall, car crime is down by 20% and the force's Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit is having success in catching criminals, returning cars and preventing future thefts.

Anti-social behaviour is down by 30% year-on-year.

Mr Metcalfe also brought up the issue of wildlife crime, having been contacted by constituents who were concerned about people using catapults to target birds and other wild animals.

CI Tony Atkin and Stephen Metcalfe.

Earlier this year Thurrock Nub News reported on police investiagtions into animal crutelty at Chafford Gorge and other incidents in the borough include ball bearings being fired at swans and mutilated animals being found in Chadwell St Mary.

CI Atkin indicated that the RSPCA were ready to act if crimes of such a nature were reported to them.

Finally, Mr Metcalfe discussed community cohesion and how Essex Police is working to increase the public's confidence.

To this end, there are regularly meetings to 'have a cuppa with a copper' which are advertised on Facebook. There is also a weekly Dispatch newsletter which all residents can receive by email. Most importantly, the District Commander stressed the importance of contacting the police when you see a crime.

Mr Metcalfe said: "Many thanks to Essex Police for the work they are doing in Thurrock District.

"Some of the statistics on anti-social behaviour and car crime are really encouraging. Hard work and investment are paying off.

"I know that a lot of people are interested in what the police are up to.

"If you are one of those people, I would suggest you give Essex Police a follow on social media and sign up to their Dispatch newsletter so that you can hear about arrests, prosecutions and convictions for all types of crime.

"We all want safer streets and more peaceful communities and I look forward to my next meeting with Essex Police."


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