New police commissioner Lord Willy Bach meets Oakham residents

Lord Willy Bach with Sgt Lee Morris and deputy leader of Rutland County Council Tony Mathias
Lord Willy Bach with Sgt Lee Morris and deputy leader of Rutland County Council Tony Mathias

Rutland County Council Leader Terry King has met with Lord Willy Bach following May’s Police and Crime Commissioner Election.

Lord Bach was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Leicestershire Police Force area on May 6 and will hold the office for the next four years.

The meeting took place at County Hall in Leicestershire and was also attended by the City Mayor and the leader of Leicestershire County Council.

Coun King (Con) said: “This was a chance for me to meet briefly with the new PCC, along with the leaders of Leicestershire and Leicester City Councils. A more in-depth meeting around key issues will follow with the PCC in the near future.

“The council is committed to working with neighbouring authorities and the police to improve community safety and tackle rural crime. This is an important partnership and I’m looking forward to working closely with Lord Bach throughout his time as Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Lord Bach also visited Oakham last week in order to meet residents and hear their views on policing.

He also visited the shared inquiry office at Rutland County Council and took part in a beat walk from Oakham Police Station, accompanied by PC Joe Lloyd and PC Laurie Appleton. The group walked through the park which has been subjected to pockets of anti-social behaviour and then went on to Braunston Road where there have been reports of anti-social behaviour late at night and speeding issues.

Lord Bach said: “Rutland is a lovely peaceful part of the world with a thankfully low crime rate. But I fully appreciate that is of little consolation if you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of crime.

“I was grateful for the insight shared by our partners in the local authority regarding the key community safety issues in the area.

“The picture was then enhanced for me by the officers at Oakham Police Station, who explained the complexities of having the appropriate resources available to meet demand, particularly unforeseen calls for police assistance.”