Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why it is best that I resign as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor

Many will have heard that I've announced my resignation as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor representing the people of Howdenshire - I'm very sorry to the many who've offered me support over the past few weeks, especially Howdenshire residents - but to continue to represent you as your Councillor has become impossible - due to the barriers that would be put up by the ruling ‘political elite’ at County Hall.
It is with a degree of sadness that after talking to my family, friends and many Howdenshire residents I have taken the decision to resign, and concentrate all my efforts on my new role as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
Many will be aware that the Labour Group at County Hall brought forward a motion at Wednesday’s full Council meeting saying the role of Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner was incompatible with holding office as a Councillor  - this, even though the legal advice and messages from the government were clearly saying the opposite.
Rather than dealing with the motion, what I witnessed on Wednesday was an orchestrated attack on me by the ruling ‘political elite’ at County Hall.  The debate from the Conservative side was led by the Council Leader, Deputy Leader and senior Councillors, much was based on perception, very little was fact based, and a great deal was very personal and little to do with the question posed in the motion.
It made me realise that if I stayed on, whilst without any payment, barriers would be constantly put up which would have damaged the interests of Howdenshire residents.  I therefore thought about it again after the meeting and decided the next morning that, in the circumstances, it would be best to resign, it was time to make the break and I wanted everything over and done with.
The barriers to performing my role as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor would have been political, rather than anything involving the officers and the way the council functions from an administrative point of view.
The Leader of the Council being reported as saying he was ‘delighted at my decision to step down’ probably speaks volumes.
I have unfinished Council business which dictates that I won’t be able to stand down immediately, but probably in March.  This includes the conclusion of work on the Gilberdyke/Newport Tip, the final phase on the flood alleviation programme in Gilberdyke, the proposed path between Gilberdyke and Howden, a couple of wind farm applications, and unfinished casework for individual residents.
This remaining work is very typical of what I’ve done over the past 6 years, almost all is detailed here on my blog – ironically, I would NOT have been prevented from doing almost all of this if I continued as a Councillor as there would have been no so called ‘conflicts of interest’ or incompatibility between the roles of Councillor and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
It has been an absolute privilege to serve the residents of Howdenshire over the past six years – I may not be your Councillor in the future but I will always be your voice.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I will continue to represent the people of Howdenshire

As I have now taken up the role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside I have given some thought to my continuing role as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor for Howdenshire.

Much has been said about my ability to balance the two roles and I am confident of being able to do so and continue to provide a high quality service to Howdenshire residents, as I have done for the past 5 years.  The major difference for me moving forward is that I am no longer actively involved in my company, so I’ve effectively now given up my ‘day job’ to take on the position of Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner.
With regard to questions about a conflict of interest between the two roles, if there were any issues relating to police and crime in Howdenshire where a conflict was to arise, I would declare this and allow my fellow ward councillors to act without my involvement.  I have already removed myself from the council’s Corporate Communities Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee and the Licencing Committee on which I previously sat where a possible conflict of interest may occur.  I have also resigned from the Chairmanship of the Goole & Howdenshire Community Partnership.
After consulting widely with Howdenshire residents, Parish Councillors, family and friends almost everyone I have spoken to are insistent I stay on as a ward councillor and continue to work on their behalf.  I will always listen to the people I have been elected to serve, and after taking time to consider their views, my decision is that I will continue as an ERYC Councillor but I propose NOT to take the annual allowance of £10,711.
Many who know me will testify that I serve on the Ouse & Humber Drainage Board, both Gilberdyke and Howden School governing bodies, and the local Parish Council - all in a voluntary capacity without payment.  Others know I lived and worked in West Africa as a volunteer development worker for less than £95 per month.
One of the key areas of Matthew Grove’s manifesto we will work to deliver is the significant increase in the number of special constables.   As we are asking for volunteers to serve their communities with distinction without payment, I can think of no better way to serve mine than leading by example and volunteering my services as a councillor.
I am looking at options of using my allowance to further good causes in the area.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Looking forward to my new job as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside

Many of you will now know that I’ve been appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) for Humberside.
I am delighted that Commissioner Matthew Grove has asked me to become his Deputy. After working closely with Matthew in his election campaign, helping him to write his manifesto, and working alongside him in the weeks since he has taken office, this is a challenge which I am looking forward to immensely. I think it’s important to set out the objectives and purpose of my role, and what aspects of the Police and Crime Commissioners office Matthew has asked me to lead on.
One of the key aspects of the role is to deputise for Matthew when he is unavailable. 
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is not just to set the priorities for the Police and monitor their performance, but to work with strategic partners, including local authorities, community safety partnerships and voluntary services, to examine the ways we can prevent crime from occurring in the community, and to challenge the cycle of re-offending.  These are the key areas which I will be concentrating on.
As a local Councillor, I have always tried to be at the heart of the community I serve, and have worked on many public safety initiatives over the years.  Over the course of the three and a half years, I will be meeting the people who work tirelessly to make Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire communities better places to live, and exploring how we can work with and support them to cut crime even further, through new and innovative ideas. The ‘..and Crime’ part of Matthew’s title also includes how we work with the criminal justice system to ensure that the good work of our Police officers and staff is properly reflected in the sentences handed down to criminals, included restorative justice in the community.
In these tough economic times, we must use every opportunity to save money by working closely with other public and voluntary sector organisations to share examples of good practice. I will be exploring how we can join together to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ‘back office’ of the force through shared services and assets, to make better use of facilities to deliver more value for money, and to ensure that we find ways of achieving the Government imposed savings without affecting policing.
I have also been asked to proactively enhance relationships with local and regional media, to promote the success of the joint work of the Commissioner, Police and partners in securing improved outcomes for local people.
Building on the success of chairing the Local Action Team/Community Partnership in the Goole and Howden Area, I’ve been asked to proactively enhance relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in the community safety and criminal justice sectors to identify blockages or identify opportunities to improve the delivery of programmes that secure improved outcomes for local people across Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
Needless to say, after consulting with Howdenshire residents, Parish Councillors, friends & family the overwhelming feeling is that I should continue to serve as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor, although I will be giving up some of my specific roles including removing myself from the Council's Corporate & Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee and the Licencing Committee, I will also be stepping down from chairing the Goole and Howdenshire Community Partnership. I will be also reviewing my other commitments in the months to come.
To enable me to continue as an ERYC Councillor and take on the role of DPCC, I will be taking very much a back seat and a 'hands off' role in the running of 1-2 Clear Ltd.  The day to day running will be cascaded down to the employees and the overall responsibility passing to my fellow director. 
2013 will be an exciting and challenging year, and I look forward to working hard with Matthew to make our communities safer.

 Matthew Grove has said: “The people of East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire elected me to be their voice in ensuring the safety of their community. I represent 900,000 people in an area of 1,350 square miles, on two banks of the River Humber, where over 70,000 crimes are reported each year. The enormity of this role is not lost on me and I need a deputy who I can rely on to challenge me on the big issues, to be a critical friend and lead on significant areas of work on my behalf. 
My Chief Executive built a detailed profile for the job, to give me extra capacity by having someone who can focus on partnership working, the ‘back office’ side of policing and working with the media to make sure all my aspirations are communicated to the local public. This profile was developed and assessed independently. 
As Commissioner I need someone who I have total trust and confidence in and who can fit this profile. My judgement is that Paul fits this role and can deliver everything I need to be delivered. I know that Paul’s vast experience, skills and deep understanding of community safety issues fit the role of deputy. The work he has done with me since the election has left me even more convinced of this. 
2013 is going to be a busy year. It will start with approving a budget and appointing a new Chief Constable, then issuing a Police and Crime Plan and delivering on the pledges I made in my manifesto. The public have put their trust in me to make these important decisions. They deserve less crime and the best possible policing and with Paul’s appointment, I am confident we will deliver this.”

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

No more waste to be tipped on Gilberdyke Landfill Site from 1st Jan

Yesterday the Environment Agency announced they were issuing a revised operating permit for the landfill waste site at Gilberdyke, which will see no more waste tipped on the site from 1st January 2013 and will bring about the closure of the tip.  

This is very welcome news although it long overdue in the eyes of many, not just people living in the vicinity of the tip but also those from far and wide who have witnessed the actions of tip operators City Plant Ltd over many, many months - including their cynical disregard for the conditions contained in the planning consent.  Newport residents have had to put up with thousands of massive HGVs travelling through their village, the most appalling stink, litter, dust, mud – and the imposition of an enormous artificial mountain overlooking their community as a permanent reminder.

There are outstanding issues with the site remaining that need to be addressed, and there is a planning application winding its way through the system.  I still have serious concerns amount the long term impact of the tip on the community, particularly the issues of surface water run-off, capping of the site and risks of pollution. (see previous posts).  But we have to accept that the changes to the permit is a major step in bringing about completion of the site.

The Environment Agency state:
From January 1 2013, the tip’s operator City Plant Ltd will no longer be able to deposit general waste at the site. The new permit restricts tipping to inert substances, such as capping soils that will seal the waste site for restoration to a natural appearance.
The Environment Agency issued the permit variation on Friday 30 November, as the site has reached its maximum capacity for general, non-hazardous waste. It is expected that all of the capping materials will have been deposited by November 2013, although tree planting and other landscaping works may continue after this date.
City Plant Ltd has also applied to change its existing environmental permit for the site. The firm's applications specify the overall size and shape of the site and how the site will be managed after capping, looking at aspects such as surface water management and gas extraction. The details of the applications are currently being considered by the Environment Agency.
Peter Stevenson, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “This is a significant milestone in the lifecycle of the landfill site at Gilberdyke. Once capping begins in January, no more general waste will be allowed, and that means that any problems of odour or unsightliness of waste will be reduced in time. Ultimately we are looking forward to seeing the site entirely finished, with the surface restored to its natural state - and that goal is now in sight.
“We will of course continue to work closely with City Plant Ltd, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and local residents to ensure that the tip is managed appropriately and that it has a minimal impact on the local environment and community.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why Gilberdyke Tip planning application should be refused

The application by City Plant Ltd for the Gilberdyke Landfill site is with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and comments have been invited from interested parties.  This is in many respects a retrospective application because the tip is almost full, to levels way above the presently consented height.  The application seeks to regularise the current levels, change the landscaping plans, install electricity generators to utilise the landfill gas, and try to sort out the surface water run-off. 

City Plant Ltd has been cynical in how they have played the system and the ERYC and the Environment Agency have been powerless to stop the blatant disregarding of planning conditions by the company.  I accept we are where we are with the height and volume of the tip - but how the site is finished and left is of critical importance and in my opinion the application has serious flaws.

It is now time for the ERYC and the EA to work closely together to ensure the tip is left safe for years to come, and not create on-going problems for the communities of Gilberdyke and Newport.  I certainly feel the application should be refused until the following 12 points are addressed. 

  1. The proposal for the finishing of the landfill site including the capping and the finished landscaping is of concern - The original application was for 1.0m clay capping plus a layer of soil and trees to be planted on top.  The new application is to use a thin ‘bentonite type’ carpet and a layer of soil and grass instead.   Clay is flexible and will be much more able to cope with the differing rates of settlement that the tip will experience over time, the differential in settlement resulting from different levels of old waste and new waste and compaction across the area of the site.  It was felt  the bentonite will crack whereas the clay will move naturally and with trees planted in the clay and soil cap the roots will bind the whole together.     The maximum height of the mound to be no more than 19.5m at any time.

  1. Leachate – the proposed management of the leachate from the site is not sufficient as proposed and the risk of pollution of nearby watercourses is thought to be unacceptably high.    There is an absence of an open collection ditch surrounding the site and no flat separation ground between the site and the adjacent dykes.  Both are thought essential to minimise the risk of pollution.  

  1. Gas collection – It is felt there will inevitably be some noise pollution with this process.    There will need to be strict 24 hour noise limitations placed upon the site. 

  1. It is essential that the gas transport/extraction pipes be protected with adequate impact barriers where the pipework is vulnerable. 

  1. Weighbridge – when the site is closed to tipping or capping there will be no need for the weighbridge.   It is felt absolutely essential and non-negotiable that the weigh bridge is removed to prevent further tipping. 

  1. Health – I would like to request that all the potential health risks of the site in both the short and long term must be assessed or appropriately scrutinised by independent health service professionals – who are not engaged by City Plant – these must be engaged by the ERYC in consultation with the local parish councils, and the cost preferably met by City Plant Ltd.

  1. Profile – the profile of the mound must allow for (rain) water to run off rather than being allowed to pool on the relatively flat top as proposed.  The profile to be a domed shape rather than flat, with a comprehensive settlement plan showing how the dome will be maintained of the next 25 years.  

  1. Community Fund – If the landfill gas is to be used to generate electricity it is requested that a community fund be set up with contribution paid into the fund for every megawatt generated for the life of the landfill site’s electricity generation. It is suggested this be similar to wind farm community funding arrangements and be at a rate of £2,500 (per megawatt per year) and for this to be index linked.   The fund to be jointly administered by the ERYC and Gilberdyke and Newport Parish Councils. 

  1. The present ERYC holding objection to the Environment Agency which effectively stops the issuing of a new permit to be held until such time that planning consent is granted.    It is requested that any conditions applied to the planning application are completely in synch, compatible and completely seamless with any conditions applied by the Environment Agency in their permit i.e. no administrative gaps for the company to take advantage of as we have seen in the past. 

  1. I would request that a bond to be provided to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for all remedial work that does not fall within the Environment Agency scope – i.e. residential/road repairs etc. 

  1. When site is no longer in use for tipping of waste materials the company (City Plant) must be responsible for bringing Thimblehall Lane and Mill Lane back to an acceptable standard. 

  1. I would request that the application is NOT approved until ALL the concerns of the Ouse and Humber Drainage Board have been addressed to the Boards satisfaction.
There is to be a public meeting on Thursday 1st November 2012 at 7.30pm in Newport Village Hall to dscuss the the major issues relating to the planning application, and organise a petition so that ERYC officers and councillors are totally aware of the strong feelings held by residents.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but please bear in mind a film crew are expected - so be prepared to be filmed!

Why I support Matthew Grove for Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner

Many will be aware that I have spent much of the past year or so working with Matthew Grove on the Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner Campaign.  This week Matthew published his manifesto which gives information about who he is, what he stands for and what he will do if elected on November 15th.

I grew up in Lincolnshire and now live and run a company in East Yorkshire. I have a track record of working successfully with members of all political parties, voluntary groups and local residents. I would be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire as well as for Hull – a strong, local, independent-minded voice serving all residents and working closely with the public, Chief Constable, police officers and other organisations to make our neighbourhoods safer.

We must take the fight to the criminals, not just deal with the aftermath. For the most part we know who the habitual criminals are. We must target them instead of allowing them to target the innocent. For those whose drunken anti-social behaviour blights our streets at night, I will be looking to charge them for the cost of the police time spent dealing with them.

I will support effective rehabilitation and the fantastic work of those who help offenders re-join society. Continuing a life of crime can no longer be the easy option. We should help offenders who want to turn their lives around but not tolerate those who choose to make other peoples’ lives a misery. Preventing crime and re-offending is most effective when all the related services work closely together alongside our communities, so that offenders don’t fall through the gaps that can exist between organisations.

I want to ensure that there is no hiding place for criminals and that all parties focus together on reducing crime. I will protect investment in projects which have a proven success rate but will not waste money on rewarding criminals.

Matthew Grove
  • CUTTING CRIME will be my number one objective.
  • PUTTING VICTIMS FIRST – I will always support victims ahead of criminals and yobs and work to make our neighbourhoods safer.
  • INDEPENDENT VOICE – I will be a strong, local and independent voice, not a professional politician with an axe to grind.
  • CROSS COUNTY CRACKDOWN – I will be a Police and Crime Commissioner for Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire as well as Hull.
  • Freeing our local police from UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY and pointless targets.
  • Challenging head on the CYCLE OF RE-OFFENDING.
  • Keeping our COMMUNITIES SAFE and making them even safer.
  • Supporting TOUGHER COMMUNITY SENTENCES so justice is seen to be done.
I pledge that if elected my Policing Plan will include firm proposals to BILL DRUNKEN TROUBLE MAKERS who blight our City and town centres, create mayhem and take up police time. This proposal comes after having listened to many people over a considerable time; it is well supported by residents, police officers and government ministers.

I have witnessed this type of drunken behaviour first-hand after spending time on the streets with the police incident response teams. I was with them as they received call after call throughout the night for drink related incidents. I have also taken the opportunity of seeing the problem from the other side, spending many hours talking to council licensing officers, door staff, pub and club owners, taxi drivers and late night take-away owners.

Offenders must be made to take responsibility for their actions.


The office of Police & Crime Commissioner does not need to be situated in the existing Police Authority building, a rather grand former gentlemans’ club located in the centre of Hull valued at up to £0.5 MILLION.

My first step would be to sell off this luxurious building. I would relocate to somewhere more modest and look to possibly share the premises with a neighbouring organisation. This will reduce the costs for both the Commissioner’s Office and for any partner organisation. A location near the Humber Bridge will ensure the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is readily accessible to people on both the North and South Bank.
The up to £0.5 million of capital released from the sale of the building will be utilised to create a Community Crime Prevention Fund, so freeing up money to cut crime.

Using capital from the sale of the office I will set up a ‘CRIME PREVENTION FUND’ specifically to be used to match fund suitable capital projects brought forward by community groups such as Parish and Town Councils, Neighbourhood Watch Groups, Neighbourhood Networks or Crime Reduction Partnerships. The benefits of this fund could include CCTV cameras, vehicle activated signs, gates and youth shelters.

I will continue the excellent work which has been started by community groups and local authorities, including the Fire Service, to divert those at risk of committing crime into activities. This will be a positive benefit to them and to our communities.


The LACK OF PUBLIC OPENING HOURS of police stations in smaller towns in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire is a problem. I believe it must always be an option for people to contact the police at a police station during normal office hours.

If I am elected as Police and Crime Commissioner, communities will not be robbed of their police stations.
I will be looking to SAVE MONEY by sharing buildings and resources with other organisations. I will also be aiming to see revitalised and modernised buildings functioning efficiently and providing the service the public expect in locations convenient for them to access.


A large amount of crime is committed by a SMALL NUMBER of criminals.
Repeat offenders must be confronted rather than being allowed to continue their lives of crime, leaving even more victims in their wake. The authorities largely know who the criminals are. I will support targeting them instead of allowing them to target the innocent.

The services are there to assist rehabilitation with staff ready to help offenders take the steps towards re-joining society. Those who fail to grasp the opportunity to change must face lengthy prison terms to protect the public.

I believe that the many organisations and especially voluntary groups who are already working to tackle re-offending have put together a good foundation on which to build.
I will challenge the police, other public sector organisations and the voluntary sector to continue to develop innovative approaches to address re-offending, such as Hull’s MINERVA project.


Last year Humberside police referred nearly 19,000 VICTIMS OF CRIME to Victim Support and supported 3,500 witnesses through the courts.
I have backed Victim Support by signing up to their five pledges to ensure continued support for victims and witnesses.
  • Be open and accountable to victims and witnesses.
  • Ensure that victims and witnesses get the high quality help and support they need.
  • Make the police more victim-focused and more effective at meeting their needs.
  • Help victims and witnesses have a louder voice in the wider criminal justice system.
I have no hesitation in committing to these pledges but would add one of my own.
  • ‘I will endeavour to be a champion for victims and be their voice to ensure their concerns and interests are always heard.’

The principal role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is to be the BRIDGE BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE POLICE, and our young people must not be left out of that partnership.

I shall appoint a Youth Ambassador to ensure young people are not forgotten when the Policing Plan is written. The Youth Ambassador will be responsible for working with existing youth organisations, taking our message into schools whether about drugs, alcohol or internet safety.

I will ask the Youth Ambassador to be our ‘Safe Internet Champion’. With Local Authority support, the Stay Safe Online message will be taken into every classroom in the area. But I will not stop there; I will ensure all parents have access to sensible and realistic advice to help their children use online chat rooms and social networking sites safely.


I will continue the use of INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY to make it easier for local residents to report crime.

The government has launched the 101 telephone number for the public to report low-level and non-urgent matters. We will continue to embrace modern technology including introducing a free smartphone application.

The App can be used to report crime and send in pictures and videos which can be reviewed in the Force Control Room within seconds. It can also be used in reverse; if officers need urgent help in locating someone of serious interest, his or her picture can be sent to every App user and be viewed by thousands of residents in seconds.


Getting the message across about the dangers of DRUGS AND ALCOHOL will be a start.
Drugs and alcohol abuse lead to crime. We need to further engage with Health Authorities, schools, victims and charities and never stop looking for innovative ways of getting the message across. I will appoint a Youth Ambassador who will play a key role in this field.


I will substantially INCREASE the numbers of Special Constables in Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.
The Special Constabulary is the UK’s part-time volunteer police force with around 350 members of the public working for Humberside Police. Special Constables wear a uniform, carry a warrant card and have full police powers when on duty. I will create significantly more opportunities for people to serve as Specials, working alongside the Neighbourhood Policing Teams in the communities in which they live. They will become our local ‘Bobbies for the 21st Century’ – supporting (not replacing) full-time officers. They will live, work and have responsibility for their villages, neighbouring villages, and specific areas of our towns and the City of Hull.

Special Constables will have a key role in working with Neighbourhood Watch and other voluntary crime prevention groups I want to increase the number and scope of these local community groups.
Humberside Police also work closely with town and parish councils. These local networks will become the eyes and ears for policing within their communities.

I want an increase in volunteering opportunities within policing and for members of the public to take on additional tasks that do not require a warranted police officer to perform. This will free officers to focus on front-line policing.

WORKING TOGETHER is how we reduce crime and the fear of crime.
I am totally committed to supporting existing community based groups, such as Neighbourhood Watch, Neighbourhood Networks, Farm Watch and Pub Watch Groups and want to help them to take on a greater role. I will work with Councils, businesses and other organisations that share my goal by contributing funding to help people set up new Community Groups and revive groups that are no longer active.
I will also support projects to improve the exchange of vital information about targeting criminals.
I will substantially increase the number of Special Constables deployed across the area who will be able to operate in their local communities.


We are in difficult economic times – that’s why every penny we spend must be SPENT WISELY.
I will instigate a root and branch review of Humberside Police and look for more efficient ways of working. The savings found by this exercise will be made available for crime prevention and front line policing.

I will seek to build partnerships with neighbouring police forces and other agencies to drive down the costs of buying products and services. Effective policing is about hours spent on the street, not behind a desk.

As Police & Crime Commissioner I will be relentless in ensuring police officers are out on the beat, not stuck behind a desk doing paperwork.


Locating organisations and groups in the same building to WORK TOGETHER will bring many benefits. By joining together related services from the Police, Health, Probation service and the local authorities, offenders can’t fall through the gaps that can exist between organisations. It is essential that organisations work closely together to address crime and avoid duplication.

In my view, the long term future is in ensuring that the police continue to work innovatively with local authorities and other organisations to deliver the best value for local taxpayers.

I will therefore support and drive forward a more collaborative approach to be taken by public service organisations in tackling crime, disorder and substance misuse head on, and I will promote the sharing of examples of good practice across the whole area.


The theft of livestock, farm plant and machinery, not to mention the impact of rural fly tipping, is a blight on East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire’s RURAL COMMUNITIES.

A great deal of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire is rural, yet policing our rural communities has too often been forgotten. I know that crime is a key issue and that tackling crime is a priority for those who live in the countryside. I recognise these concerns and rural residents can be assured that my policing plan will include provision for policing their areas and that their concerns are met.

The impact of rural crime, including poaching, the theft of livestock, diesel, farm plant and machinery, not to mention the effect of fly tipping blighting our East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire’s villages and towns is of great concern. It is my opinion that rural areas have also been targeted by those criminals engaged in metal thefts.

Residents from rural communities must be properly represented on local community groups and partnerships. I will work with representatives from rural communities to reduce crime and make our communities safer.

Rural communities must be safe and have the tools to protect themselves. I will help community and Farm Watch groups to make use of low cost technology to monitor those who come into our villages and farms to commit crime. I will set down a firm marker to those with criminal intent that our rural areas will no longer be soft targets for them to exploit.

I think policing is most effective when it is carried out by local policemen or women who know and understand the area. I will ensure that special constables are able to work within their own communities.

Rural crime will be taken seriously.


I WILL ENSURE THE POLICE GET TOUGH ON YOBBISH BEHAVIOUR that blights the lives of those living in our urban communities.

Vandalism, graffiti, littering and nuisance behaviour are all unacceptable. This type of crime will only increase if we accept or ignore them. These crimes will be resolved where possible using a system of restorative justice but the police will not shy away from prosecution. We should be looking to rehabilitate offenders, but if someone has committed an offence they need to be properly punished.
Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own homes and neighbourhoods. Yet thousands of people around the country are still having their everyday lives blighted by anti-social behaviour. It’s time to put victims first.

Community punishments will be made tougher. Victims of anti-social behaviour and low-level crime will be given the right to choose a community payback punishment for the perpetrator of their crime. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will provide a menu of punishment options so that the victims of crime can choose an appropriate punishment.

I understand the concerns of everyday people. I want to CUT CRIME in your community. That’s why I want to be your Police Commissioner; to PUT VICTIMS FIRST and ensure JUSTICE IS DONE. Unlike others, I will not play party politics with this important role, and this is why I respectfully ask for your vote on the 15th November 2012.

Matthew Grove