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3 June, 2021

Commissioner meets Harrogate residents to hear their concerns

On Wednesday, Philip Allott met with residents, and the local policing team, in the Bilton area of Harrogate to hear about their concerns.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott says:

“Today, Wednesday 2 June,  I met with Sergeant Steve Dougall, who has just been appointed the Beat Sergeant for Bilton, and PCSO Lisa Wilson from the Neighbourhood Policing Team who is one of three PCSOs now assigned to Bilton.

“During my visit, I was able to introduce Sergeant Dougall and PCSO Wilson to key members of the community who have raised concerns about shoplifting, litter and antisocial behaviour. Owner of The Red Box Card Shop and Post Office Andrew Hart, Korner Kabin owner Vic Kataria and Bilton Councillor Paul Haslam explained just how much the problems they face impact on the area and it was a really good opportunity for the policing team to hear this directly from those living with it day-in, day-out.

“I’ve also asked Cllr Haslam to work with residents and business owners to think about any ways my Community Fund could be used to fund activities to give young people in the area something to do. The Fund provides grants of up to £20,000 for local organisations, groups and individuals so is a great chance for communities to come up with a plan that works for them, develop and fund it, and to improve where they live and work.

“I know that having a dedicated Beat Sergeant and PCSOs regularly patrolling Bilton will make a difference and it is exactly the sort of visible, frontline policing I want to see more of to ensure people are safe and feel safe. I also ask the community to help North Yorkshire Police – report anything you don’t think is right, let Sergeant Dougall and his team know your thoughts and fears, and by doing that they will be able to develop even more of a plan to protect Bilton.”