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From the day she was conceived Gloucestershire let her down.  Before she was even born, in 2009, she was made the subject of a ‘Child Protection Plan’ because there were serious concerns based on the neglect already shown to her half-sister Charlotte.  By the time she was...

Since the lockdown began, a high proportion of the emails from the public into my office have been about people driving fast and reckless  on the county’s largely deserted roads.

In fact, two people have been killed in separate collisions and the Constabulary’s camera enforcement team recently recorded speeds of 104 mph on a road with a 60 mph limit; and 74 mph in a 30 mph limit. Speeds of up to 122 mph have been recorded on the Gloucestershire stretch of the M5.

The most vulnerable during this pandemic need the support of the government. That's why I have written to the Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland, I want ministers to get tough on  criminals who target the elderly during the Corona Virus crisis.

A lot has been made of the new investment in policing (acknowledging austerity went too far),  But its not just the police where investment is needed its needed in the rest of the criminal justice system too. Later this week, I will publish a report into Court provision in Gloucestershire.

Neighbourhood Policing is very much a priority for the Constabulary. But because of unprecedented cuts it had been downgraded. I made it a manifesto pledge in 2016 that I would do what I could to make the police maintain and develop a new approach to neighbourhood policing because for me its the golden thread that runs through policing and without it the police will lose their effectiveness.

It is nice to think that Gloucestershire leads the way sometimes. And that certainly seems to be the case when you consider some of the issues that have dominated the news recently. Whilst national headline writers appear to have only recently woken up to the decline...