Shrewsbury crimewave: Commissioner 'confident in police response' to spate of incidents

The region's crime commissioner says he is confident police are taking action to respond to a spate of anti-social behaviour which has hit Shrewsbury.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion visits the Quarry, where there were violent scenes over Easter
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion visits the Quarry, where there were violent scenes over Easter

There have been repeated incidents in the town in recent days, with thefts and vandalism causing frustration and concern for businesses and residents.

Jewellers Goldmiths in the Square was one of the businesses targeted, where thousands of pounds worth of watches were stolen, while the Stop. Cafe in St Julian's Friars and The Allotment fruit and veg shop in Greyfriars Bridge, were also hit on Friday night.

Police tape in place around Goldsmiths of Shrewsbury

Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Strands hairdressers in Grope Lane was broken into and expensive equipment was stolen, while there was violence in Shoplatch, Victoria Quay and the Quarry.

Another break-in was also reported on Monday morning, at Nomad Coffee Co. in Wyle Cop.

Police have also been seeking witnesses to an attack where man was punched in the Quarry by a group of four teenagers on April 2.

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John Campion, West Mercia's police and crime commissioner, said that he had been contacted by concerned residents and had spoken to the chief constable for reassurance that the issue is being tackled.

Mr Campion, who is also standing for re-election as Conservative crime commissioner next month, said: “I have been contacted by a number of concerned residents about issues in the town.

"Whilst Shrewsbury is a low crime town, there has been a spike in anti-social behaviour, business crime and an increase in concerned residents in parts of the town. I am clear that crime can never just be accepted as inevitable. I am clear as commissioner that West Mercia Police have to be proactive, visible and accessible in tackling these issues in the town.

"I have asked the chief constable to reassure me that the police have the right resources and are dealing with the issues including increased visible patrols.”

He added “As we move into the next phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions it is vital that the businesses in Shrewsbury get the support they need to ensure they can reopen with visitors and residents feeling safe. "

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