THAMES Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner has outlined his crime- fighting priorities and targets.

Anthony Stansfeld, a Conservative from Newbury, was elected as the region first Police and Crime Commissioner last November.

And this week he published a draft Police and Crime Plan for Thames Valley. His priorities listed in the plan include cutting crime that hits the most vulnerable, increasing a visible police presence and cutting the fear of crime, and to engage with the public to build a stronger trust and confidence in the force. Mr Stansfeld, above, said he wanted to tackle the causes of crimes – drug and alcohol addiction.

And he also wants to work to better protect “isolated farming communities” from “gangs of professional criminals” by working to stop rural crime.

He added: “Rural crime committed against isolated communities is endemic.” The public are being asked to give their views on the plan until Friday, February 8. The final plan will be published by the end of March.

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