Praise for police following storms

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the efforts of the county’s police officers and staff after severe storms swept through the region.

The Constabulary attended 374 weather-related incidents across the county last Wednesday night, with the worst affected areas Blackpool, Fylde, South West Lancashire and the coastal areas to the north of the county.

Clive Grunshaw extended his thanks to all the county’s emergency services for their hard work.

The Commissioner said: “Despite receiving the severe red weather warning at extremely short notice, Lancashire Constabulary’s officers and staff did an extremely good job of keeping the county safe.

“As always, the standards to wish they performed were a credit to the county and I would like to thank them all for their hard work.

“I would also like to praise the residents who worked hard to keep their communities safe and aided the work of the emergency services by listening to the warnings and not putting themselves in unnecessary risk.

“With more severe weather expected across the county I would urge residents to stay safe, and thank Lancashire Constabulary’s officers and staff, along with our partners at the Fire and Rescue service, for their continued efforts.”

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Blackpool to meet with officers and staff from Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service in the wake of the storm.

Mr Cameron has confirmed Lancashire will be able to benefit from the additional money being put forward to help with the clear-up operation, something the Commissioner has welcomed.

Mr Grunshaw said: “There are residents and businesses in the county who are facing substantial bills as a result of the severe weather, and I welcome the news help will be available from central Government.

The Commissioner will visit Blackpool tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, to meet the team who were on duty on Wednesday night and personally thank them for their hard work.