A by-election takes place on August 21st for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. This follows the sad death, at just 59, of the Labour incumbent Bob Jones.

The Conservative candidate is Cllr Les Jones, a Dudley councillor, he is married and started his own computer software supply business. His intends to pursue his enthusiasm for technological innovation as the PCC with a Crime Fighting mobile phone app to make it easier for the public to report crime and to find out what the police are doing.

Cllr Jones is the son of an Asphalt Mixerman.

His “five point common sense action plan” is as follows:

“1. FREEING THE POLICE TO FIGHT CRIME by cutting red tape and prioritising the front line.

2. GIVING CRIMINALS TOUGHER SENTENCES so our communities are protected and justice is done.

3. GIVING THE POLICE THE POWERS THEY NEED TO TACKLE CRIMINALS, using the latest tools and techniques.

4. STOPPING PEOPLE FROM BECOMING CRIMINALS by tackling the root causes of crime.

5. MAKING THE POLICE ANSWER TO THE COMMUNITY to help drive down crime in the West Midlands.”

He has also offered more detailed plans – such as the police working better with schools and local authorities to tackle graffiti and other forms of anti social behaviour.

There is information about how you can help his campaign here.

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