Harriett Baldwin MP went on patrol with police in Pershore as the team combats anti-social behaviour in the town.

The West Worcestershire MP joined West Mercia police officers on a Friday night in efforts to understand the difficulties faced by those dealing with crime and a variety of other issues brought up by her constituents.

As part of ongoing efforts to address public concerns, Mrs Baldwin had earlier visited Cherry Orchard extra care housing to listen to the concerns of residents, as well as holding a meeting with the manager of the town's Asda supermarket.



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The politician went on the beat with PC Amy Hunt and PC Kevin Johns, as members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in Pershore.

Mrs Baldwin said: "I was grateful to be able to accompany Amy and Kevin as they patrolled Pershore and it was really useful to hear their insights on the challenges they face on a daily basis.

"We discussed some of the issues raised by residents in Cherry Orchard and I support the police’s efforts to deter anti-social behaviour there."

She added: "We also discussed some of the issues faced at Asda, particularly in the dark evenings, and I have been briefed on uniform and plain-clothed police initiatives to combat crime.

"I am pleased to report that anti-social behaviour has fallen by 44 per cent after the local policing team upped its work and I am hopeful that this extra effort and increased presence will nip the issues in the bud."

The MP also spoke about her recent dialogue with PCC John Campion, saying: "In my recent letters to the police and crime commissioner, I have stressed the importance of local, visible policing and I was grateful to be able to see this in action."