A TORY candidate says he is dismayed at the spate of violence which hit the town over one violent four-day period.
In a front page story the Pioneer revealed details of the five vicious and unprovoked attacks.
These included a man being lunged at as he walked along Sutton way, a teenage girl having her jaw fractured in an assault in Queens Gardens, a teenage boy being punched in the head as he walked along Sutton Way, a man being punched to the ground outside a pub in Whitby Road and two men injured in an altercation in Whitby Road.
Stuart Penketh, Ellesmere Port and Neston’s Conservative Parliamentary candidate, said: “Five separate attacks in the town centre over a period of four days is an absolute disgrace.
“This Labour government, supported come what may by Andrew Miller MP, has strangled the police and their ability to deal with problems like these.
“They have systematically tied up the police with red tape which now means the local police spend more time back at the station filling in paper-work than they do out on the beat patrolling the streets helping to ward off such reported behaviour.”
He added: “This Government commits the police to take on more and tasks but is not prepared to fund it and then they wonder why our chief constable has to go cap in hand to the Government to ask for more money as well as raise its share of the Council Tax for the next year by 17%.”
Mr Penketh says he has consistently called for more resources to be given to the police and for a slashing of red tape.
He said: “Last time I predicted that it was only a matter of time before serious assaults would be occurring, sadly I have been proved right.
“Labour need to deliver more and better resourced police out on the beat in our communities before it is too late.”