A LACK of community volunteers in Ellesmere Port shows that 'society is falling down'.
That's the opinion of an elderly man speaking at Ellesmere Port Police Forum.
He said: 'There's been a dramatic decrease in the community in this town taking part in things to help others.
'No-one's coming forward any more. It's worrying - it's society falling down.'
But Cheshire's chief constable Peter Fahy said: 'There are lots of people still involved in voluntary work.
'There's the Scouts for example, and look at the Special Constables who give their time free of charge to help us.'
* Forum chairman Michael Darby says the dwindling attendance numbers could be an indication of its success.
When the forum used to meet at The Grange in Regent Street, there could be up to 140 people and the meeting would still be 'going strong' after 9.30pm.
But the latest meeting, in the Civic Hall, had 40-50 people attending and ended at 8.30pm.
Mr Darby said: 'I'd like to think things have changed for the better and the police are getting on top of the job.'
* Borough councillor Sue Kettle asked Cheshire's chief constable Peter Fahy about the rules surrounding police line-ups.
Cllr Kettle (Con, Sutton Green & Manor) said: 'It seems suspects can these days change their appearance and cut their hair, and also choose those others who are taking part in the line-up.'
Mr Fahy said: 'The rules are set by Parliament.'
But he added: 'We have got lots more benefits from using a video system than we did from the old way of people standing in a line. As a result, the number of convictions is going up in the courts.'
* The next forum meetings are: Neston Town Hall on April 30 and October 22; Ellesmere Port Civic Hall on July 23 and January 28, 2008. All meetings start at 7pm.