MP calls for more police on the beat in rural areas

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has called on Lancashire Constabulary to provide a greater level of police on the beat  in  rural areas across his constituency.

He made the call after recent reports of significant numbers of gangs of youths in Longridge . However, by the time the police have arrived the groups they have fleed the scene.

Mr Evans said: “This is a perfect example of the issue that residents of the Ribble Valley have to face where money is paid greatly above the average towards their council tax and other forms of taxation, but receive subpar levels of service.

“We in the Ribble Valley, contribute a great deal financially but when the time comes –whether it is police, buses, libraries or children’s centres – we are not afforded the same level of service that is given to people in other areas.

"It simply unjust!”

Mr Evans has spoken to Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan, to raise this concern and to make sure rural towns such as Longridge have the appropriate level of security before it is too late.

Nigel continued,:“We do not want to be in a situation where a police presence is desperately needed immediately only to find that this is not possible. Someone could be hurt as a consequence.”

The call comes on the heels of Nigel Evans’ campaign for public spending within the Ribble Valley to be fairer and more in line with the contributions of its residents.