WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder has challenged Dorset Police and the county’s new Police & Crime Commissioner to ensure that Lyme Regis receives great priority in future.
Mr Loder recently joined officers and Police & Crime Commissioner David Sidwick on patrol in Langmoor Gardens and Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis – two areas which have been targeted by police and security guards over the last two years due to increased reports of anti-social behaviour.
Mr Loder said he believes more needs to be done to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the area, which also led to an evening patrol in Bridport later in the evening.
He commented: “Anti-social behaviour and drug dealing is a blight on our communities, and it needs to be addressed.
“Anti-social behaviour goes hand in hand with crime and causes wanton grief and disturbance for decent members of the community.”
During the patrol, many issues were raised by Mr Loder, including discussing efforts already taken between councils and Dorset Police, such as additional security patrols in Lyme Regis, and what additional efforts can be taken in the future to combat the threat of antisocial behaviour ad county lines drug trafficking.
Mr Sidwick, who was elected Police & Crime Commissioner in May, recently met with Lyme Regis Town Council, saying one of his main priorities is to “get more boots on the ground”.
A police constable has now been assigned to Lyme Regis and there are plans to bring police cadets to the town.