Craig Morley, the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East has this week written to Home Secretary Priti Patel requesting at least "1,000 extra officers for Thames Valley Police, placing particular emphasis on increasing the number of officers within the over-stretched Reading LPA [Local Police Area]".
The Tory candidate has 'more police on the streets, less paperwork, cutting crime' as one of his six campaign pledges for the constituency. And he spent last Friday night on the late shift with Thames Valley Police in Reading as a civilian observer, accompanying officers responding to emergencies and following up enquiries.
He said, "In the course of the evening we attended a drunken brawl in Caversham, and investigated the disappearance of a man who had vanished several days prior in the middle of laying someone's new floor."
"There were calls coming in frequently, including gangs of young boys on bicycles terrorising shop keepers in South Reading - one who had threatened a shopkeeper with a knife off of Northumberland Avenue, and travellers who had bludgeoned a dog to death and dumped it in bushes in the same area.
"I was out speaking to residents on Northumberland Avenue, Cressingham Road and surrounding roads on Saturday morning. And it was clear that crime was a real concern. That view is shared by residents across the constituency - residents in Woodley have also had problems with young boys on bicycles terrorising shoppers in the Precinct."
Commenting on what he learned from joining the officers for evening, he added, "It was a good opportunity to hear the views of officers on the shift and see for myself the pressures of the job. Thames Valley Police do a fantastic job - and they need our continued support. That is why the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has committed to recruiting 20,000 new officers, and greater support for stop and search.
"I am campaigning for the Home Office to recruit 1,000 of those for TVP, and ensuring that we get our fair share in Reading, which is the most overstretched area within the Thames Valley."
Morley comes from a policing family. His father was a senior police officer in Thames Valley Police, and three of his four brothers have worked for the force.
"Policing runs in my blood," he said, "I may not have joined the the police as an officer but I volunteer in my spare time for the Strategic Independent Advisory Group at TVP HQ - I want to do my bit to support our hardworking police, and help them crack down on crime in Reading East to make our community a safer place to live."
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