Labour and Co-op candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Paul Richards warned shopkeepers in Henfield this weekend of an ‘epidemic’ of looting in shops by organised crime gangs.

Speaking on a tour of businesses on Henfield’s High Street Mr Richards called on Sussex Police force to do more to combat this rising crime trend.

“Retailers here, like elsewhere in the county, have told me they see incidents most days, certainly every week and that the police do not come when they are called. They are being failed by the police. I would put more police on the streets in neighbourhood teams and if there was a serious theft from a shop they will show up.’

Shop owner Fiona Ayres who runs Stokes of Henfield and is standing for Labour in the District by-election said it was a problem for all retailers.

“You have to be very vigilant all the time, it’s something you are constantly worried about. You don’t put things out because you’re worried they’ll get stolen. The police are not interested. If they could come and apprehend the criminals or discuss tactics of how to deal with them that would help. If we had more police on the beat it would definitely help.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner election is on May 2 and Mr Richards is touring across the counties of East and West Sussex to understand more about the needs of local communities.

Earlier he spoke to Labour members at the Arundel and South Downs CLP in Pulborough. He promised that when elected, he would focus on three priorities –  ensuring neighbourhood teams and foot patrols are introduced, giving more support to victims and witnesses and providing a proper investment in diversionary activities for young people to keep them from turning to crime.

Paul Richards with Fiona Ayres
Paul Richards with Fiona Ayres
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