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Should crime be sugar-coated?

Ignorance is bliss. It is a phrase I fall back on whenever I discover stories in the media I didn’t know about. Like news that security forces have prevented more terrorist attacks; or a police operation has foiled criminals whose activities would keep fathers like me awake at night.

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When two wrongs don’t make a right

A man wrongly accused of rape. Another murdered on suspicion of abusing children. Surely nothing damages the reputation of the police or offends the British sense of fair play more than a miscarriage of justice. So, could it happen in Gloucestershire?

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True to my word.. Neighbourhood policing is back!

Neighbourhood Policing is very much a priority for the Constabulary. But because of unprecedented cuts it had been downgraded. I made it a manifesto pledge in 2016 that I would do what I could to make the police maintain and develop a new approach to neighbourhood policing because for me its the golden thread that runs through policing and without it the police will lose their effectiveness.

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Putting children first

If you are feeling a bit flat as the festive season enters phase two – grazing on leftovers, pondering on unrealistic resolutions - let me introduce you to two young women whose stories will give you a lift. By any measure, Ada and Annie – we promised not to use their full names – had difficult pathways through the furnace of adolescence. Both had early brushes with the law but with contrasting fortunes.

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Forest boxing club that’s also fighting anti-social behaviour

The cool kids in Cinderford thought it a joke when Forest Fighting Fit first opened over two years ago. But within minutes of stepping inside to grudgingly take a look in the way teenagers sometimes do, they were hooked. I could see why when I visited last month on a dark Monday evening to present a plaque to thank everyone involved in what they are doing. In 2015, Martin as PCC helped get it off the ground with a grant of £40,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund.

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