LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE CANDIDATE FOR THE HAMPSHIRE AND THE IOW POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER VISITS THE ISLE OF WIGHT
The Labour and Co-operate candidate for Hampshire and the IOW Police and Crime Commissioner elections on the 6th May 2021 spent an action-packed day on the Isle of Wight this week.
Tony Bunday, who has worked all over Hampshire in his long career within the Criminal Justice System, wanted to really get to grips with the key issues on the Island.
During a full day of meeting candidates, local businesses, and community champions from Ventnor, Ryde, Shanklin, Newport and Cowes, Tony picked up on key concerns. These focused around anti-social behaviour, drug use, graffiti, and speeding. The big issue however, like elsewhere across Hampshire, was the lack of resources and an effective response to crime and anti-social behaviour.
He said “The government’s police funding formula has left our police force over £43M a year worse off and the effects are clear for all to see. Hampshire is now probably the worst funded police force in the country and this is having very real effect in our communities. Our residents are being treated with contempt and I understand the concerns that the residents of the Island have. I can promise them that I will be a loud voice for them to the government. The only way we can solve many of these issues is through fair funding for Hampshire and this is needed now”!