AN Oxfordshire MP held a local crime summit alongside Thames Valley Police after several residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour.

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, hosted the summit which was attended by local people.

He welcomed the fact that Thames Valley Police have increased the number of police officers in their ranks and will soon have 4,800 officers – which will be the highest amount ever.

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While many issues were raised, a recurring theme was concern about anti-social behaviour from young people in Wantage.

Mr Johnston will be raising the issues that were highlighted and the need to tackle them with the Home Secretary and Policing Minister.

He said: “It was very valuable for me to hear more about the experiences that local people are having with crime and anti-social behaviour but, more importantly, for Thames Valley Police to hear directly about this.

“I was pleased that the police took the feedback they received well and committed to going away and looking at how they are going to a better job of reassuring local people that they are taking these issues seriously.”

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber added: “It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the practical steps the police are taking, along with others to help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour locally.

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“I am committed to delivering improvements in community policing in order to build confidence in policing locally.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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