AM Disappointed as Police Commissioner Rules Out Public Meeting

Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has expressed his “disappointment” that the Police Commissioner, Jeff Cuthbert, has turned down his invitation for a public meeting following an Abergavenny shopkeeper’s claim that Abergavenny is being failed by a lack of policing.

The Commissioner has instead referred the issue to the local force inspector “as a matter of an operational nature”.

During December, a family owned tobacconist in the busy White Horse Lane area was broken into three times in the space of two weeks prompting owner Tony Cox to complain about a lack of police presence in the town.

Since then, a number of Abergavenny residents have contacted the local Assembly Member raising their concerns about policing in the town.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said: “I’m obviously disappointed that the Police Commissioner has turned down my invitation to a public meeting to discuss local concerns about policing.

“I remain of the view that the issue of crime in Abergavenny needs to be addressed and dealt with urgently.

“Now that the issue has been referred to the local force inspector, I am contacting the local police force again to raise constituents’ concerns, and to ask what action is being taken to improve the situation in Abergavenny.”