Kent Police urged to 'come clean' over policing levels on Shepway estate'
Friday 9th April 2021
A COMMUNITY campaigner has called on police to "come clean" about its operational levels on the Shepway estate as he claims crime and antisocial behaviour are a major problem.
The issue of Kent Police's failures on the estate was highlighted after an alleged stabbing at Rydal House, Westmorland Green on March 31.
Then on April 6, a man was attacked by a man on a black scooter in Maidstone as he walked his dogs in Marion Crescent.
Cllr Eddie Powell said the estate's 14,000 residents are "poorly served" by the force.
Locals complains of criminal damage, shoplifting, intimidation and antisocial bahviour by a small but significant minority of youths.
Cllr Powell added: "They don't do bobbies on the beat, they don't investigate burglaries, criminal damage or antisocial behaviour and provide no public protection. If that is the case - what on earth do they do all day?
"We have a Police and Crime Commissioner boasting about police numbers never being higher. Where are they? It's time Kent Police came clean."
He said a PCSO on the estate is visible and effective but lacks the power of arrest to enforce laws.
Kent Police refused to disclose police staffing levels on the estate for operational reasons.
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