Police chief will address Leighton residents over crime concerns

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Leighton Buzzard’s police superintendent will be holding a public meeting in the town tonight (April 14) to address residents’ concerns about crime.

Locals will be invited to put their questions to the head of local policing for the south of the county, Supt Sharn Basra, at Mentmore Park Pavilion.

The gathering will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm and Supt Basra is encouraging those with concerns and opinions about policing in the area to get in touch.

In recent weeks, Leighton has hit the headlines following a ramraid at Santander, a suspicious package which closed the town centre for a number of hours and the stabbing of a motorist allegedly by a gang of children.

Since being appointed in his role at the beginning of the year, Supt Basra has been reaching out to communities, inviting them to share their views and suggestions.

He said: “My initial priority when starting this role was to increase my understanding of the issues faced by residents, so that I could ensure that their needs are being met.

“I’ve had some great engagement from people across the south of the county so far and in particular I’ve had a lot of feedback from residents of Leighton Buzzard, so I’ve decided to host a public meeting in order to talk through in person any concerns or suggestions they may have as to how we can provide them with the best possible service.”

Supt Basra is also continuing to invite people from across the south of the county to share their views on policing in Bedfordshire.

If you’re from a community network, a residents group, or a local business or club, who wishes to meet with Supt Basra, or if you would like to share your views on policing in the south of the county, email policingsouthbeds@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

What questions would you put to the police chief? Email news@lbobserver.co.uk