Crime Commissioner Candidate Locked Out Of Meeting

Independent PCC candidate for Devon and Cornwall, WIlliam Morris

A candidate for the upcoming Police Crime Commissioner role in Devon and Cornwall held an impromptu hustings session in the street last Thursday after being locked out of the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

William Morris, an independent candidate from Penzance, travelled to St Mary’s after confirming his booking at the venue but found it locked up when he arrived.

A spokesperson for the Council said, unfortunately, someone in the Wesleyan Chapel left the building and locked the door, not realising there was a booking. They’ve amended the system so that everyone booking the Chamber has a mobile number to contact in the event of any problems and said hopefully, that will prevent any recurrence.

William said it didn’t really affect his visit and he still managed to talk to residents here. He told us problems with drink-driving and speeding seem to be a recurrent theme and he’d introduce spot checks on drivers if he was elected into the job.

He also said he would ensure local police would enforce a 20 mph zone if it was introduced. Devon and Cornwall police force recently said they would not be able to enforce such a limit if it didn’t include traffic calming measures such as speed bumps or chicanes.

Mr Morris also said wanted to address the islands ‘detachment’ from the election process, adding that he had made Scilly the first stop on his election tour of the region. But he accepted that, consistent with views elsewhere in the country, interest in the PCC elections was low and turnout on November 15th is likely to be poor.


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