Crime in North Wales has been top of the Westminster agenda since Parliament returned at the beginning of this week. On Tuesday, Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the matter.
The debate was secured by Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane and discussed both the best practice in and the problems in North Wales. Mr Tami spoke on the issue of antisocial behaviour, which has recently been brought back into the headlines with St. Andrews Church being targeted by young vandals, an incident that was raised by the Flintshire MP.
Mr Tami commented, “It is quite right that anti-social behaviour is raised as a crime, and a serious one at that, as it blights our local communities. Attacks on places like local churches, are not only an attack on the buildings but the people that use them. More use should be made of anti social behaviour orders and contracts as a deterrent to such crime.
Empty council houses are a magnet for vandals. We need to have strong tenancy agreements and a higher turnover of council houses. There is an ever growing need for homes, so why not solve two problems at the same time by cutting down on vacant homes and the resulting vandalism.”
Tuesday’s debate was followed by a meeting of North Wales’ MPs with Richard Brunstum, Chief Constable of North Wales Police. The meeting brought up a number of issues and gave all those involved a chance to voice the concerns of their constituents.
Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami said, “Once of the dominant themes of the meeting was the need to press for more police on the beat. Although we now have more police officers in North Wales than ever before – it was 1300 in 1997 and today stands at 1500 – it is vital that we get new recruits on the frontline so that they are visible to the public.”