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Councillor warns Kidderminster is turning 'lawless'
MORE police are needed on the streets to stop Kidderminster becoming a “lawless town” according to a Wyre Forest district councillor.
Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Graham Ballinger urged residents to “report every crime - big or small” after several recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town.
Mr Ballinger cited a woman being sexually assaulted in Kidderminster last month on Birmingham Road and a chair being thrown at a passing car on Comberton Hill. Both incidents took place during the day.
Vulnerable Comberton Hill traders who fear for their safety have also asked the council for CCTV on the road.
He said: “It is all very well getting CCTV on the hill but also police need to be on their feet and on the street in high-profile areas where there is anti-social behaviour.
“We do not see enough police officers on the street and the public are not feeling safe in broad daylight on major roads through the town and that is frightening.
“I would urge everybody to ring and report everything to the police. We are getting all these figures about Kidderminster being a low crime area - that is only because people don’t report every issue.”
The Greenhill councillor described the town as “becomming lawless”.
“People know they can get away with it,” he added. “They know they will not get caught. When we start reporting every incident the police will take notice.”