Harlow councillor “shocked” at being told by Essex Police to report “suspicious behaviour” to council

Politics / Sat 7th Nov 2015 at 03:35pm

A LEADING Harlow councillor has expressed outrage at being told by Essex Police to reports an act of suspicious activity to Harlow Council.

Cllr Nick Churchill (Cons) was in the Brockles Mead area on Friday afternoon (Nov 6th) when he saw two males acting suspiciously.

Cllr Churchill said: “They were very furtive. Looking around to see if anyone was watching them. It was difficult to assess whether they were going to break into somewhere or perhaps rob a person.

“I am not in the habit of ringing the police at the drop of a hat but I felt there was a genuine case for attendance.

“I rang 101 and made them aware of the circumstances. I was told that this was a matter for the council.

“I told her I was a councillor. I told her I was aware that she may say that if it was anti-social behaviour. I told her that this was a criminal matter.”

Cllr Churchill added: “It was one thing to not send an officer out but another to indicate that the council are the persons to go to regarding possible criminal behaviour.

“What exactly is the Harlow council tax payer getting for their money? The police part of it has gone up twice in two years and all that seems to be happening is that we get less of a service.

“I will be taking this further because for the life of me, I would like to know what they think Harlow Council can do about suspicious behaviour.”

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2 Comments for Harlow councillor “shocked” at being told by Essex Police to report “suspicious behaviour” to council:

2015-11-10 01:42:22

Sadly Nick, under a Tory Police and Crime Commissioner, and under large service cuts of 25% under this Government - this is going to get worse. We are lucky in Harlow that we have one of only 10 Police Stations staying open, and our PCSOs are being cut back. Tory Nick Alton has been a disaster as our PCC - remember how useless he was with the illegal traveller encampments??? My suggestion is don't vote for a Tory again - maybe someone like UKIP's Bob Spink might be a better option!

2015-11-16 06:44:23

Lots of chickens coming home I suspect.

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