Police and Crime Commissioner advised by Taunton residents

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By abbie_taunton | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 14:19

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, visited Taunton yesterday to discuss improvements to local policing with the community.

Ms Mountstevens visited Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton where many members of the local community were waiting for their chance to discuss policing issues with her.

The visit was part of the PCC's tour of Somerset for her Crime Plan Public Consultation - yesterday she visited Minehead and Bridgwater as well as Taunton.

Don Clark, from Minehead, was keen to speak to Ms Mountstevens so he could suggest improvements to the justice system.

He said: "My problem is the time it takes from when someone is charged with a crime to the time it takes for them to go to court. Cases I have seen personally have taken around six months.

"I have faith in the Commissioner as she has answered every one of my e-mails and says she is going to address the issue for me."

Mrs Clark, from Dunster, was also offering suggestions to the Crime Commissioner: "Over the last couple of years I have observed a situation that went through the courts and was disconcerted about how it was dealt with.

"It caused me a great deal of stress and I have brought this up with Sue Mountstevens because it needs to be sorted out."

Ms Mountstevens stayed at the Contact Centre for two hours talking to members of the community as well as the local beat.

She commented: "I am very aware that Somerset is a large place with different areas that need dealing with in a completely different way to other more urban areas.

"Minehead, Taunton and Bridgwater will fall under my crime plan for West Somerset which will focus on improvements to both rural areas and towns.

She added: "Local watches such as the mounted watch and Neighbourhood are going to be a prominent force in community policing  and I intend to see them thrive."

"I know that road safety is an issue that really needs to be addressed in Somerset West and I do expect that this will become apparent from the consultation."

This visit to Somerset West was part of the PCC's Crime Plan Consultation whereby she is encouraging communities to come forward and voice their opinions on what needs improving in local policing and why.

Ms Mountstevens is encouraging those who take part to give local examples of crimes in their area so she can work out how they could be dealt with better.

To take part in the consultation you can pick up printed surveys from local libraries, call 01275 816377 to request a copy or visit the Avon and Somerset Police Consultation website to complete it online.

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