Commissioner to hit the streets in 2013
THE Lancashire's Police and
Crime Commissioner (PCC) and his team will be hitting the County's
streets this year. Clive Grunshaw will be touring Lancashire,
throughout January, to get the views of residents on crime and
Mr Grunshaw said:- "I am very much looking forward to the
tour. This role is about talking to people, listening to concerns
and reiterating them to the Police force. The coming year will be
about how the community's views can further improve Policing in
From 11 January to 25 January 2013, the Commissioner will host a
series of roadshows; giving people the opportunity to meet with him
and discuss their views.
The roadshows are in addition to the current survey, launched by
Clive Grunshaw in December, asking people about their local Policing
priorities and what they expect from the new role.
The Commissioner continued:- "I pledged to get out and about
and this is just the start. 2013 will be the year I aim to visit and
speak to as many people, organisations, groups and charities as
possible. I want to create opportunities for people to talk to me
openly. I will be drafting a Police and Crime Plan; outlining what
areas of work Lancashire Constabulary should prioritise over the
coming years. This plan will not reflect my views; it will reflect
the views of the Lancashire community. I need people to get involved
in these events and help shape that plan. I urge as many people as
possible to come to the events. This is just the first phase of the
roadshows, with more planned for later this year."
Those who attend a roadshow will have the option of completing a
postcard, asking:- "The one thing I want the PCC to do
is...???" and "Which location in your neighbourhood
should the Police be focused on?"
The information will be added to the results of the survey, giving
the Commissioner a clear view on people's priorities.
The Commissioner and his team can be spotted in each location thanks
to a specially-designed van which will be driven across the County
as part of the tour.
Please find below a list of the locations and times for each
► On 11 January 2013, from 10.30am to
12noon, at the Nelson Town Centre and from 1pm to 2.30pm at the Asda,
► On 15 January 2013, from 10am to 12noon,
at the Burnley Town Centre band stand and from 1.30pm to 3pm at the
Booths supermarket, Clitheroe
► On 17 January 2013, from 10am to 12noon,
at the Community Clean-up event in Kilnhouse ward, Fylde (next to
Tesco Express). Please note, this is not a roadshow event, but the
Commissioner will be taking part. Also from 1pm to 3pm at the
Garstang Market (on the high street).
► On 19 January 2013 from 10am to 1pm at
the Flag Market, Preston Town Centre.
► On 22 January 2013 from 9am to 11.30am
at the Outside Blackburn Town Hall and from 11.45am to 1.15pm at the
Accrington Town Centre.
► On 25 January 2013 from 10am to Noon at
the Asda at Clayton Green, Chorley. Also from 1.30pm to
3pm at the Community Safety Partnership event in Skelmersdale at the
Concourse Shopping Centre.
"This the 1st in a series of roadshows taking place in 2013. We are
in the process of arranging further events in the coming months. "
said Lancashire's PCC Press Office.
anger at Parliament Defibrillator revelation!
CAMPAIGNERS on 8 January 2012 were left
gobsmacked after hearing London Ambulance Service announced on 18
December 2012 that the Houses of Parliament had just received 16
lifesaving Defibrillators, 3 days before Health Minister's refused
to meet campaigners for the 2nd time. At the end of November
2012, campaigners including Mark King father of 12 year old Oliver
King, and Foundation Patron Councillor Jake Morrison visited Number
10 Downing Street to hand-deliver a letter to the Prime Minister's
office, requesting an urgent meeting following the Government's
'snub' of their
e-petitions. The same letter
had been sent to Health Minister Anna Soubry MP. The Prime
Minister's office responded by saying:- "I hope that you will
appreciate that the Department of Health is best placed to respond
to the matters you raise." This response was followed by an
email from Health Minister Anna Soubry's office, who said that:-
"the provision of defibrillators is no longer a responsibility which
falls to the Department of Health."
This is the 2nd Government
rejection as ex-Health Minister Simons Burns MP refused to meet
campaigners earlier on this year. On the same day campaigners handed
a letter to Number 10, The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP said:-
"Access to a defibrillator would save lives. On behalf of the Labour
Party, I am happy to support your campaign."
Oliver's father Mark King said:- "We have worked flat out
since January 2012 on this campaign. We have had great announcements
including 122 Liverpool Primary Schools getting Defibrillators, and
we've had the 2 Government minister rejections, but we have carried
on. But it is a smack in the face to see that they are happy to
receive 16 Defibrillators, but not discuss with us the rest of the
Country. What about our Children. 12 young people die of SADS every
week. This is not something that should be brushed away. It would
seem that they are just dismissing us as a small campaign, but we
now have a great record, all in the name of my son Oliver."
Councillor Jake Morrison, Patron of The Oliver King
Foundation and creator of the e-petition, said:- "I think it
is actually a really good thing that the Houses of Parliament now
have 16 Defibrillators. This equipment saves lives, and that is the
aim of our e-petition. But what I cannot understand is that there
seems to be an attitude of ''this is good enough for MPs but not for
the general public.'' This is where people lose faith in politics.
Those people who are following our campaign on a day-to-day basis
find out that after 2 Government meeting rejections, they then
receive 16 Defibrillators from the London Ambulance Service. The
Houses of Parliament authorities clearly feel that the staff,
Parliamentarians and visitors will benefit from on-site
defibrillators. We feel that they will also benefit staff, pupils
and passers-by right across the Country. We only want to get our
point across that we want a mandatory Defibrillator law, but we are
chasing our tails, with the Prime Ministers office telling us the
Department of Health should deal with it, and they say they don't.
It seems that the Minister is trying to dismiss the campaign by
suggesting it is not their responsibility. If saving lives is not a
matter for the Department of Health then something is deeply wrong.
Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP backs our campaign for
Defibrillators in all schools and public buildings. The current
National Defibrillator Programme does not go far enough. We want a
mandatory law right across the Country." For
more information about the Oliver King Foundation, visit:-
also we recommend that you read a related report in this