06 OCT 2017

Discussing crime concerns with the local police chief

Residents' concerns over local crime issues were discussed at a meeting between myself and the area's police chief.

I told Chief Inspector Mark Weller that people had raised a number of issues – including anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and speeding in some areas. Residents also sought reassurances over police presence in Deal.

Ch Insp Weller told me the local force would be looking into all the issues raised.

He said a Kent Police operation during the summer had resulted in a number of street drinkers being moved out of Dover town centre.

Ch Insp Weller, who started out as a police constable covering Dover and Deal in 1996, said tackling drug dealing was a top priority. He will also look at measures to tackle speeding – particularly around Dover's one-way system and in Capel. He insisted that police officers are in Deal covering the town every day.

It's great to have an area commander who knows the Dover and Deal patch so well. Ch Insp Weller clearly cares deeply about fighting crime in our area and is happy to take on board residents' concerns.

I'm pleased the local force will look at tackling the dangerous practice of drivers speeding around Dover's one-way system – and that Ch Insp Weller confirmed there are police officers in Deal every day.

Our local force do an incredible job. And it's great our area commander is engaged with the community and listening to people's concerns.

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