Talks on policing

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CLEVELAND’S new crime commissioner will attend two important meetings to explain his priorities and answer questions next week.

Barry Coppinger, who is the area’s first elected crime commissioner, will first speak at Greatham’s Annual Parish Meeting on Monday night.

He will be back in the area the following day when he will talk about his role to a Fens Residents’ Association’s latest public meeting.

Organisers of both meetings say they offer a great opportunity for residents to raise important questions about policing in their neighbourhoods.

Monday’s meeting at Greatham Community Centre, at 7pm, will also be attended by parish and borough councillors and members of the Neighbourhod Policing teams.

Brian Walker, chairman of Greatham Parish Council, said: “This meeting is for all the electors of the parish of Greatham.

“It is an opportunity for electors of the whole parish to raise any issues of concern and to ask questions.

“There should be quite a concentration of people who have a real influence over the locality present for people to meet and raise issues with.”

The Fens Residents’ Association meeting takes place at Fens Primary School, Mowbray Road, on Tuesday.

New Hartlepool Borough Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher is also due to attend to update residents about a large potential South West Extension included in Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Plan.

Robert Smith, vice chairman of Fens Residents’ Association, said: “The South West Extension is a concept which Stuart Drummond was very keen on. A misguided enthusiasm in the opinion of Fens Residents Association.

“Now that the leadership of the council has been passed on it will be interesting to see if Christopher Akers-Belcher has different views.”

The meeting starts at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend.