Rachel and John Campion, the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, have vowed to take action after meeting with town centre business owners to discuss the recent spate of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

On Saturday (June 16th), Mr Campion joined Rachel in the town centre to meet with Tim Cangaj, the owner of Three Cooks Bakery, and Dean Corrigan, the owner of Heaphy’s Menswear. John also spoke to Omar Palali, the owner of Deniz Turkish Barber, about how the anti-social behaviour and vandalism has affected his business.

Rachel invited West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner to Redditch after hearing about how businesses are forking out their hard-earned money on fixing the damage caused by the vandals.

Rachel said: “It was great to meet with town centre business owners on Saturday to listen to their concerns. This vandalism and anti-social behaviour has got to stop. Hardworking town centre businesses like Heaphy’s Menswear and Three Cooks Bakery shouldn’t have to put up with this. We all want our town centre to be a safe place, free from anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

“It’s clear the businesses I spoke to very much appreciated being able to speak directly to their Police and Crime Commissioner. I know John has committed to liaising with the Police and partners to address the concerns raised by the Redditch business owners. John has promised action and I will be making sure he delivers.”

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said: “I am committed to making sure our communities are safer, and feel safer to the people living and working in them. Partnership working is so important to resolving issues like those we have seen recently in Redditch. I will continue to work with the police and Rachel to ensure the people and businesses affected by this spate of vandalism are heard and understood, and ultimately that the problem is effectively tackled.”