Challenging the Government on police funding

The recent spate of crime in Hoyland, Hoyland Common and Elsecar is very concerning.

Residents have a right to feel safe and secure in our community, and as the MP for Barnsley East, that’s always my first priority. That’s why I’ve been working with our local police and Police and Crime Commissioner on tackling these issues, including a walk round Hoyland to chat to businesses with Sergeant Mark Ellis, my recent meeting with the PCC, and my previous question on this in Parliament.

I’m pleased to hear that arrests have been made by the police, and enquiries are ongoing. However, I still believe it’s unacceptable that our nearest police station is eight miles away, in Goldthorpe, and I believe it’s vital we establish a base for our police in Hoyland.

I’ve written to the PCC regarding this issue, and I recently raised it with the Government.

You can watch my comments here.