Homing in on the crime challenges

Insp Matt Willmot out on the streets in South Shore.
Insp Matt Willmot out on the streets in South Shore.
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VIOLENT crime is top of the hit-list for a new inspector in South Shore.

Insp Matt Willmot knows violence and anti-social behaviour are the things which concern people most in the area.

The beat takes in some of Blackpool’s most deprived wards, with Bloomfield and Waterloo areas both falling under Insp Willmot’s control.

He said: “Crime is going down in Blackpool south and at the moment, it’s showing an eight per cent reduction.

“I think that in itself is quite an achievement and I would hope it’s in no small part due to the hard work and dedication of officers here.

“While we have the statistics that Bloomfield is very deprived, we have to make sure we are putting the necessary focus and resources there while not neglecting the other wards in the Blackpool south area.”

Insp Willmot – whose official title is geographic inspector – is no stranger to the challenges of the area, having twice been posted to South Shore as a sergeant during his 14-year career.

The police station recently closed to the public but he has been quick to reassure residents their police are still based there, and are continuing to listen to neighbours’ concerns during police and community together (PACT) meetings.

He added: “I have been to my first round of PACT meetings and there is quite a consistency around people’s concerns about anti-social behaviour. I will make sure through our neighbourhood policing teams we are dealing with those concerns.

“We also want to reduce violent crime so we will be looking now to reduce incidents of assault and other crimes which fall within that.”

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