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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Figures have been relatively stable in recent years. But if one person continues to be abused in their own home and by those close to them, it is one too many.

I am disappointed that in North Lanarkshire, we have the lowest rate of incidents being recorded as a crime and I have written to Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine to find out why.

Unfortunately many people are too frightened to come forward and report abuse. And some don’t wish to incriminate people they are close to.

It is therefore essential that vulnerable people are protected as much as possible and are given the support and confidence to speak out.

The Scottish Government is bringing in new schemes and legislation to tackle abuse and violence – particularly against women – through the new domestic abuse offence to better tackle coercive and controlling behaviour and training professionals across Scotland to recognise and act upon the signs of domestic abuse.

If anyone is a victim and needs help, I urge them to come forward and contact in confidence either the Police, Women’s Aid, Fearless or my office.