There is no special case for policing in rural communities. Not because these communities are valued any less, but because every community should be valued equally in the Thames Valley and should expect and receive the highest standards of policing.
In 2016 I voted to leave the European Union. I am also a father, a husband, a rugby fan, a cricket follower, a dog lover, a Conservative councillor and a loather of “reality television”. For some reason though I am characterised as a “Leaver”.
Last month, many of us celebrated Armed Forces day. A few days earlier, and with a little less ceremony, was Reserve Forces Day. The contribution made to Britain’s defence by our reservists is pretty widely recognised.
My postal vote has arrived for the European parliamentary election. Normally I am onto it straight away, signing the form, marking my cross, but I must confess I, along with most other people, am less than enthused about the prospect.
As we enter spring we are also entering the seasons for the increase in unauthorised encampments. Already over the Easter weekend we saw a number of sites, mostly on private land, across the Thames Valley.
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