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A small price to pay for better policing, or not?

HOW depressing many people living in the Cleveland Police Authority will be to read in The Gazette 'PS12 increase on tax bill for police is inevitable' - 09.01.18.

The several letters generally had a negative angle about the Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger asking the public for their views on a PS12 per year increase in council tax on the police precept, to stave off any more police cuts etc.

More tax for relatively the same or a marginal increase in police activity may convince some of the public.

Cllr Steve Kay is probably on the money in his letter on the inevitably of the increase.

In the Jim Higgins letter, he asks the question if the police and crime commissioner should be given to a professional in policing? Labour were strongly contemplating doing away with police and crime commissioners if they won the 2015 election, however giving that police responsibilities to council leaders isn't putting this back in the hands of a police professional.

Ken Walker queries as to if it's necessary that the PCC Barry Coppinger needs hundreds or thousands of residents writing to him to trigger a referendum on a tax increase for more police officers and PCSOs.

Of course there'll be a financial cost for a referendum, and some may think that money is best spent on policing. What will be evident to some, is if you organise a rally like in Brotton outside the Railway Arms pub in East Cleveland shortly afterwards you may get newly planned PCSOs which were introduced for this part of the Redcar & Cleveland Council area.

I personally would be willing to pay the extra PS12 per year for more policing. However on the estate where we live a police sighting is as rare as a glimpse of the urban fox.

Hence a police drive through maybe all I would get for my PS12? GEORGE DUNNING, Ormesby Thanks to those who came to my rescue ON Saturday, December 23, while out shopping I slipped and fell on the pavement oppo-site The Royal Oak.

It was about 12.30pm I was with a friend who was not able to help me up. I was very distressed having broken my right arm.

My friend was asking passersby if they could help, but her request fell At long last, on deaf ears.

leaders has council not got pockets.

Steve Eventu-ally two ladies did stop and one kindly used her phone to call an ambulance, but was told that it would be two hours before they could be there to help. She then phoned the police.

Two police officers came in a white van and they were able to help me stand up. They wanted me to climb into the front of the van to take me to hospital, but even with their help I couldn't climb up.

The only alternative was to put me in the rear of the van and they kindly took me to North Tees A&E where an x-ray showed I had badly broken my arm - I was in a great deal of pain.

I don't know how long I would have lain on the pavement if the officers hadn't helped me.

I am very grateful to the Good Samaritan who stopped to use her phone to call for help, otherwise I don't know how long I would have been left on the pavement.

A gentleman also showed me kindness by buying a bottle of water for me, for which he refused to be reimbursed.

I would be grateful if you could print this letter as it is the only way I can think of to reach the people who showed me kindness in my hour of need.

MISS MARJORIE GALLOWAY, Eaglescliffe First-hand knowledge of an NHS in crisis NOT a good start to 2018 for Theresa May and the NHS.

The outrage of the Conservative-led NHS crisis has led to public anger.

The Stockton South Labour MP Dr Paul Williams has been busy on TV and radio keeping the public informed of the state of the NHS under Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May's leadership.

It is without doubt we have now a visible hardworking Labour MP in Stockton South in Dr Paul Williams.

He knows first hand the state of the NHS under this Government.

KEVIN NICHOLAS, Ingleby Barwick Ben 'a shining star who understands' I AM not a member of a major political party, but I must say that Tory Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is a shining star in what I call Labour's black council tax sky.

Whilst our boroughs and other precepting authorities are piling on the council tax misery, Ben has pledged not to add a "mayoral precept" to our already astronomic council tax bills, either this year, or any year, up to the end of his term of office.

As far as spending is concerned, Ben will make do with his devolved government cash.

Like Margaret Thatcher, he wisely believes in living within his means.

At long last, one of our leaders has realised that council taxpayers have not got bottomless pockets and that local authorities of every complexion must refrain from spend, spend, spend at their own people's expense.

STEVE KAY, Redcar & Cleveland Councillor

broken my was but would At long last, one of our leaders has realised that council taxpayers have not got bottomless pockets. Steve Kay

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2018
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