Candidates bidding to become Lincolnshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner are being asked to spell out their policing plans for the “forgotten” southern end of the county.
Jack Tyrrell, district councillor for Long Sutton, is organising a hustings on April 13 under the politically neutral chairmanship of Winston Brown, of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
Invitations are going to Victoria Ayling (UKIP), Marc Jones (Conservative) and Lucinda Preston (Labour) who are seeking to replace Alan Hardwick in the election on May 5.
The hustings plan was prompted by residents’ concerns about too few police being seen in the Suttons, a recent spate of burglaries and new statistics from speed detection devices that show scores of drivers are flouting speed limits in Long Sutton, often on routes to schools.
Coun Tyrrell told the Spalding Guardian: “I would like to see the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates be prepared to actually commit more police officers to our area, especially the more rural parts.
“We are at the southern end of Lincolnshire and we do tend to get forgotten about.”
The hustings will be held in The Royal British Legion Hall, Long Sutton, starting at 7pm.
Winston said: “I was genuinely humbled to have been asked by Coun Tyrrell to host what will undoubtedly be the most significant public meeting to be have been held in Long Sutton for a generation.
“The choice of someone to oversee the workings of Lincolnshire Police is now more important than ever, especially when the perception of South Holland and Lincolnshire as being a comparatively crime-free area of England and Wales is being questioned by more and more people.”