Press Release from Gareth Derrick


Gareth Derrick and Candy Atherton by Andy Hockings footprints

Gareth Derrick visited Falmouth on Saturday 2 April as part of his Judge for Yourself tour


Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner Gareth Derrick visited Falmouth on Saturday 2nd April as part of his “Judge for Yourself” tour of Devon and Cornwall that started on March 17th. He has already travelled over 2000 miles visiting many parts of the Peninsula to meet and talk with residents about their concerns over future policing.

The rain put paid to his plans for a street stall in the morning, but he was able to meet with residents of the town, and talk with Councillor Candy Atherton, who showed Gareth the bronze street memorial to PC Andy Hocking on The Moor.

Gareth commented “The memorials to PC Andy Hocking placed around Falmouth illustrate the tremendous support for his hugely effective style of local policing. In Falmouth and many other places around Cornwall, there is great fear that we are simply walking away from this effective community-based approach, by police officers and PCSOs. Restoring this will be a priority for me. There are also more complex policing demands that I will need to address, including the many more instances of domestic abuse that we are becoming aware of. These do great harm to the victims and society as a whole”  


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