Councillors may complain to police commissioner over crooks' court sentences (From The Advertiser Series)
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Councillors may complain to police commissioner over crooks' court sentences
COUNCILLORS concerned that criminals are not been given strong enough sentences plan to raise the issue with Police and Crime Commissoner for County Durham.
Members of Shildon Town Council say some the courts are not being harsh enough with criminals.
In recent weeks several people in Shildon have been arrested and sentenced for various offences.
At this week’s meeting of the town council, Shildon Police gave an update on sentences handed out.
Some councillors felt the sentences imposed were not strong enough and raised the idea of writing to Ron Hogg, the Durham police commissioner, about it.
Mayor Shildon, Councillor Peter Quinn, said: “I think we should write to the crime commissioner. The police take these people to court and what happens? Nothing.
“I feel sorry for the police. They have done the hard work but the people they have arrested are not been punished.”
Councillor Gary Huntington said: “We should complain about the sentences give to criminals.
“We’re asked to report criminals and suspicious behaviour to the police and yet when the crooks get to court they are only given a rap over the knuckles.”
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