Tom Collins in front of the Worcester Police Station
Tom Collins in front of the Worcester Police Station

Tom Collins, Labour’s candidate to be Worcester’s next MP, has pledged more police officers on the beat in the event of a Labour victory, after data emerged showing a collapse in the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in West Mercia since 2010.

Home Office figures show West Mercia was served by 279 PCSOs when the Conservatives came to power, but after fourteen years of Conservative rule, it is now served by just 187. During this time, Home Office figures also show the number of knife crimes in the region increased from 497 in 2010 to 691 in 2023, a rise of almost 40%.

Speaking after release of the figures, Mr Collins said –

“These figures tell a story of under-investment in our police and our communities. The Conservatives have descended into chaos, and it’s the British people who have paid the price. A changed Labour party will take back our streets, cracking down on anti-social behaviour with more police on the beat. We will bring more youth workers into our communities, with early intervention to stop young people from being drawn into crime in the first place.

On 4th July, people in Worcester can vote for this change. There is hope, things can be different, and under Labour they will be.”


Contact Details:
Mike Stafford
Worcester Labour Party
07500 877493

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