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MARION WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

MP RAISES PEOPLES’ POLICING PRIORITIES

This week, Marion Fellows, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, welcomed Lanarkshire’s new Superintendent, Gordon McCreadie, with a meeting to discuss local Policing priorities.

Mrs Fellows and Superintendent McCreadie discussed community priorities such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Mrs Fellows heard first hand Lanarkshire Police’s strategy for 2020-23 and the work frontline officers are doing in communities to assist people who are the victims of domestic violence and coercive control, and call-outs to vulnerable people.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It was a pleasure to meet with Lanarkshire’s new Superintendent, Gordon McCreadie, and raise with him the issues constituents have raised with me. Our Police are doing a fantastic job and deserve our thanks for their hard work.

“Peoples’ Policing priorities for local communities have been anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. I have personally noticed an increase in the number of issues with fly-tipping since North Lanarkshire Council ended their free uplift services. We all deserve to live in clean communities. NLC must review this policy.

“We also discussed the increase in call-outs to vulnerable people and people experiencing mental health issues. It was reassuring to hear about the mental health training our officers are receiving so they can properly assist people.

“I also got to hear about the work Police officers are doing in our communities – especially on coercive control and domestic violence. If you’re affected, you are not alone. Reach out.”

People affected by domestic abuse can call Scottish Women’s Aid on 0131 226 6606 or Refuge on 0808 2000 247.

People affected by mental health can call Samaritans on 116 123 or Scottish Association for Mental Health on 0141 530 1000.E

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THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: FIREWORKS UPDATE

I have already been contacted by some constituents this year regarding the anti-social use of fireworks. I have previously called for the UK Government to restrict their sale and if they are unwilling, then they must devolve this to the Scottish Parliament.

A poll has found overwhelming support for tighter controls which I fully support. To prevent anti-social behaviour; ensure the welfare of our veterans who may suffer from PTSD; and to protect our pets, we must see tighter controls.

Scottish Minister, Ash Denham, will update the Scottish Parliament in the coming weeks on what action the Scottish Government will take using its limited powers to reduce the damage caused by fireworks.

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COLTNESS SURGERY ANNOUNCED

Following a number of complaints from local residents regarding building works and anti-social behaviour, I have arranged a surgery for this Friday. The relevant bodies will be in attendance to speak to people about their issues. No appointment necessary, feel free to come by.