North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has promised to visit Ripon to hear people’s concerns about escalating crime.
Ripon City Council wrote to Ms Mulligan last week asking to meet to discuss the “ongoing problem” of violence and anti-social behaviour in the city.
One councillor, Sid Hawke, said at a meeting last week the city was “sick of these yobbos”. Council leader Andrew Williams said some older people were too frightened to go onto Market Square.
In her written response, seen by the Stray Ferret, Ms Mulligan says she will meet councillors once she has been briefed by North Yorkshire Police.
“Once I have received this, I would be very willing to meet with you to hear your concerns first-hand.
“I will also arrange a public surgery for residents in Ripon, so that I can hear their views for myself.”
Ms Mulligan also said she will discuss the situation with Lisa Winward, North Yorkshire’s chief constable:
“Whilst the chief constable has control over her police officers, I will certainly raise this with her, with a view to looking at the options that might be available to resolve the problems.”
Cllr Williams welcomed the response and told the Stray Ferret he hoped to meet Ms Mulligan soon.
“I am pleased our concerns are being taken seriously and I hope we can all work together on this”.