Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman has praised the work of Lincolnshire Police in Parliament, calling for the force to receive “a fairer share of the funding cake”.
In a debate on Rural Crime and Public Services, Matt highlighted that Lincolnshire’s police funding is some £25 per head below the national average and called for a fairer distribution of funding between rural and urban areas. In particular, Matt noted the damage that hare coursing can bring to rural communities, both materially and in causing victims to feel less safe in their own homes.
Praising the police’s creative work with their funding, Matt said,
“I also commend the use of WhatsApp groups to deal with hare coursing, the use of drones and a whole host of schemes. I commend the work of the police with North Sea Camp prison on fly-tipping, allowing inmates to return, to some extent, to the world of work through the genuine public service of helping to deal with fly-tipping, which in our vast rural county is a real struggle and hard to deal with.”
Commenting afterward, Matt said,
“Lincolnshire is a vast, rural, sparse county, which creates unique challenges for our police force. The task they face is fundamentally different to policing in an urban region, and I pay tribute to the work they have done to tackle hare coursing, improve road safety and deal with fly-tipping. Lincolnshire Police deserve their fair share of funding to do this work, and I will continue to work with all our local MPs and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones to highlight this to ministers.”
Matt’s speech can be seen by clicking here.