13 Mar 2015

Youth scheme volunteers and local traders were among those visited in Powys border country by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

His Your Voice day of activity in Presteigne and Knighton on March 11 also saw him meet individuals privately, with 20-minute appointments.

Issues raised included vandalism, the future of Knighton Police Station and anti-social behaviour.

Mr Salmon said: “Antisocial behaviour blights people’s lives and I’m glad to have launched a service with housing support specialists Gwalia to address the problem.

“Knighton Police Station remains open; I’m looking at options for the future of police bases but won’t make any local decision until residents have been consulted. I welcome the public’s thoughts and ideas on any policing and crime matters.”

Those who met Mr Salmon in Presteigne included members of Presteigne and Knighton Visually Impaired Self-Help Group, Presteigne and Norton town councillors and Presteigne Youth Project volunteers.

In Knighton he met PCSO Simon Caine, Tuffins Co-operative staff and town councillors.

The Commissioner oversees an annual Dyfed-Powys policing fund of around £96m. As the elected voice of the public, he makes the police answerable to the communities they serve.

He works in partnership across a range of agencies to ensure a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

In his first two years in office, his key achievements have included more police officers, improved access to the police, reduced policing costs and the launch of the Commissioner's Fund for community initiatives.

Mr Salmon has arranged 12 Your Voice days through 2015 – three in each Dyfed-Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

The schedule includes: Llanelli and Burry Port; St Davids and Fishguard; Aberystwyth; Carmarthen and St Clears; Builth Wells and Brecon; New Quay and Aberaeron. In January he visited south Pembrokeshire and last month he called on the Lampeter area of Ceredigion.