MP holds first public meeting for Tilehurst residents to meet the police

3rd December 2012

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, last night held the first of what will be a series of public meetings across Reading, for Tilehurst residents to hear from senior Police officers.

The meeting was held on Thursday 29th November at Tilehurst Methodist Church in School Road and around 80 people were present.

The meeting gave local residents the opportunity to question the Reading Policing Area commander, Superintendent Stuart Greenfield, the head of the local Kentwood & Tilehurst Neighbourhood Policing Team, Inspector P J Binns and the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld.

Alok Sharma chaired the discussions, which included questions on a wide range of Police related issues including: the priorities of the new Police and Crime Commissioner, traffic management and road speeding, knife crime, anti-social behaviour, harassment, Police visibility, litter and fly-tipping, Police morale, cycling on pavements and the Police complaints procedure.

Alok Sharma said: “I am very pleased we were able to have this meeting, which was very well attended. It was a great opportunity for people to be able to talk and hear feedback from senior Police officers as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner and we will be following up each of the points raised at the meeting.”

Alok continued: “We are planning for further meetings during next year and I look forwarding to holding these sessions across the Reading West constituency. My thanks to everyone who participated in the Tilehurst meeting.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “The meeting was a great opportunity for me to meet with local residents in Reading and hear about their concerns. Engaging with the public is an important part of my role and I will be visiting areas across the Thames Valley to speak to local communities.”

Supt Stuart Greenfield, said: “These meeting are a fantastic opportunity for local residents to share their feedback and I am very grateful to all those who attended. We are focused on cracking down on serial burglars and most significantly on the organised crime and drug dealing in Reading.”

“Working with our partners and with help for local residents we have reduced overall crime in Reading by almost 18 per cent over the past year and I am particularly pleased with the really significant drops we have seen in burglary, robbery and car crime.”

“We wish to continue to engage with our communities who can follow us on Twitter at @TVP_Reading and we will also be sending out message via Thames Valley Alert to residents with crime reduction advice, so I would urge people to sign up by visiting www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.”

Photos: Alok holds a public meeting with Reading Policing Area commander, Superintendent Stuart Greenfield, the head of the local Kentwood & Tilehurst Neighbourhood Policing Team, Inspector P J Binns and the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld.