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Mansfield MP slams private police plans

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley had criticised Mansfield District Council for considering using private security to police the town centre.

In a statement online, Mr Bradley said: "I read this just now and have to say it's incredibly frustrating how local authorities do not seem to be able to talk to each other or work together.

Mansfield Mp Ben Bradley had criticised Mansfield District Council for considering using private security to police the town centre.

Mansfield Mp Ben Bradley had criticised Mansfield District Council for considering using private security to police the town centre.

"Policing the town centre is clearly a problem yes, but rather than MDC talking about employing private security with no powers (which we already have by the way, loads of bars and shops have private security) why can't they talk to the Police and work together to use that money in the most effective way.

"So many local authorities and service providers keep their money to themselves instead of working together and sharing funding.

"We've already seen roughly a 10% increase in Officers in recent months, but if we need more Police (which we do) then why not work together with the Police and put the money to the best use instead of acting alone!?"

Mr Bradley reacted after your Chad revealed that Mansfield District Council are looking into ways to effectively police the town centre, including considering private security firms.

Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, said: “A number of councils have employed staff in support of community safety.

"I am currently involved in a national piece of work regarding security staff and guarding and, in what will be a national first, I hope to have a demonstration in Nottinghamshire later this year.”

Read more about the private police and Mansfield here