IN THE light of the the recent arson attack on play equipment in Dilkes Park in South Ockendon, we asked the leader of Thurrock Council whether he thought that the cuts to police numbers was part of the problem or part of the solution.
Cllr Rob Gledhill replied: "The residents of Essex elected a Police and Crime Commissioner to be held publicly accountable for the police and
the way their resources are targeted.
" It would be in appropriate for the council or the administration to speak on his behalf."
We duly went to Thurrock UKIP, who have nine councillors in Aveley, Belhus and Ockendon.
UKIP Thurrock Public Protection and Communities spokesman, Cllr Russell Cherry said: "The Conservatives in Essex have made deep and damaging cuts to our police service. While they have regularly complained they are not doing a good enough job they have failed to mention that it is their government and police and crime commissioner who is driving these ideological cuts.
"As a party UKIP supports our police rather than attacking them. The Conservatives created an agenda in Essex where Anti-Social Behaviour is not a priority, this has meant residents suffer due to Conservative politicians being out of touch."