Bognor Regis residents will pay more for police

Roslyn Kissell, left, with Jemima Murphy, restorative justice assistant, and Charlotte Forristal at the event ks1500605-1
Roslyn Kissell, left, with Jemima Murphy, restorative justice assistant, and Charlotte Forristal at the event ks1500605-1

CRIME-conscious residents of Bognor Regis have said they are willing to pay more for policing.

Some 50 people went along to a consultation on Monday by Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne into a possible increase in the council tax.

Mrs Bourne wanted to know if households would be willing to pay £5, £10 or another amount next year - through Sussex Police’s precept on the tax - to boost Sussex Police’s ability to fight crime.

Her community engagement officer, Charlotte Forristal, said: “About three-quarters of the people who have spoken to us have been happy to see the amount they pay to the police go up by £5 or £10 for a band D property.”

The extra money would increase the police force’s capability to protect children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse as well as its digital forensic ability to retrieve, analysis and store data on computers, mobiles and tablets.

“People really want the investment in the digital forensic ability,” said Charlotte. “It would allow Sussex Police to be the most efficient force possible.”

The event in the town’s library was one of many across Sussex and online until January 8. Almost 4,000 have taken part.