Major boost to policing Edlington
Edlington is set for a major policing boost next year with a team of officers to be permanently based in the former pit village.
Previously the village, which has had recent issues of antisocial behaviour, has been policed by a team of officers based in Mexborough – but next year it will have a team permanently based at Edlington Police Station, Doncaster police chief Supt Shaun Morley has confirmed in a column in the Doncaster Free Press. Other villages could see similar moves in future.
Improvements on security at the police station will be carried out before the changes come in.
The move has been welcomed by MP Caroline Flint and Edlington ward Doncaster councillor Phil Cole.
Mr Flint said: “Residents in Edlington will welcome the news that police numbers are to be increased and that Edlington will gain new officers and a greater presence.
“I have been working closely with the borough commander Shaun Morley, and Police and crime commissioner Alan Billings. They in turn have been addressing problems in Edlington alongside Mayor Jones, Coun Phil Cole and Doncaster Council. I am delighted that there is a plan in place to base a police presence in Edlington once again.
“Work on bringing the police station up to a standard to be used once more is very welcome. This building could not be better located and bringing it back into use would give residents the confidence they need that the police are going to be on their doorstep day in day out.”
Mr Cole added: “Edlington is a strong community which has been through some tough times. I know this news will be welcome and will send a clear message that the police, the council and their MP are on their side. Antisocial behaviour and criminal activity needs a firm response from the police on the ground. That is what we are getting and I grateful to Shaun Morley, Alan Billings and all those who have helped to make this happen.”