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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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The Mayor of Reading (including Fire, Police)

Posted by davidburbage on May 31, 2010

That’s Reading, Pennsylvania , rather than Reading, Berkshire.

Curiously, it is also the seat of “Berks County“, and has a population of around 80,000 . . .

What is taken as a natural reporting structure for state services in the US doesn’t appear to have convinced a number of people in the UK, notably the previous Government who wanted to centralise even more the fire and police services, removing accountability and control from local people.

In Mayor McMahon’s report of April 26th 2010, he tells his city Council

On April 21, we announced a significant development in crime reduction efforts. While overall crime was down in 2009, burglaries were actually up by 4% from the prior year.  Using extra patrols in burglary hot-spots, checking stores and pawn shops where stolen goods are often exchange for cash, officers and investigators arrested 43 adults and 13 juveniles for committing burglaries.  The number of burglaries dropped from 146 in December to 75 in March.  I commend Chief Heim and our dedicated officers for working hard and working smart to fight crime with fewer resources.

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