Police officers are to increase their patrols of Redditch town centre in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism after Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, and John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, were urged to act by local business owners.

Back in June, the Commissioner joined Rachel in the town centre to meet with Tim Cangaj, the owner of Three Cooks Bakery, Dean Corrigan, the owner of Heaphy’s Menswear, and Omar Palali, the owner of Deniz Turkish Barber, about how anti-social behaviour and vandalism has affected their businesses.

Rachel and John visited Redditch after hearing about how businesses are forking out their hard-earned money on fixing the damage caused by the vandals.

Following their meetings with town centre business owners, both Rachel and John vowed to act by liaising with the Police and partners to address the concerns raised by the business owners.

And, as a result of the action taken by Rachel and John, officers from West Mercia Police will now be stepping up their patrols of the town centre in a bid to tackle the ongoing anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

Residents are also urged to help Police by reporting any incidents of anti-social behaviour or vandalism they witness by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Rachel said: “Myself and John promised to act and that’s what we have done. The business owners we spoke to have suffered too long from the damage caused by the callous vandals.

“With the police increasing their patrols of the town centre we should hopefully see a fall in the number of anti-social behaviour and vandalism incidents. However, I will continue to work with John and the Police to monitor the situation to see what other action we can take to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandalism.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “When the communities of West Mercia raise their concerns, I will listen and act where possible. These residents shouldn’t have to suffer and fear crime. By working in partnership with Rachel and West Mercia Police, we can hopefully bring some reassurance to these businesses that we are taking their concerns seriously and working hard to prevent crime.”