Pledge to cut crime by 25 per cent

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THE latest candidate for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner had pledged to cut crime by 25 per cent by tackling the county’s drug problems.

Elliott Fountain, a Boston councillor who is standing as the English Democrats candidate for the new role, claims drugs are the single biggest cause of crime and says being tougher on crime will be his priority from day one should he be elected in November.

The 33-year-old will compete against Labour’s Phil Dilks, Conservative Richard Davies and independent candidates Mervyn Barrett and David Bowles when residents get their chance to vote for their county’s commissioner – which will replace existing police authorities.

Mr Fountain said: “I’m happy to make a bold statement. I think a lot of the older people who are running for the position don’t understand the concerns and problems we have got in Lincolnshire.

“I’m the youngest candidate by a long shot. It’s all about helping younger people to keep them away from crime, from drugs, from doing things which are wrong.

“The biggest cause of crime in Lincolnshire and in the country is without a doubt drugs. The police’s hands are tied. It’s political correctness - they can’t be as tough as they want to be. I want to be harder and tougher on crime and target the drug dealers and the drug users.