Labour’s crime commissioner hopeful burgled during selection process
PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:22 19 June 2012
Cllr Harriet Yeo targeted during PCC selection meeting
Labour’s Harriet Yeo has been targeted by thieves – the day she was selected to stand in the elections for the county’s first police and crime commissioner.
Cllr Yeo, an Ashford borough councillor, recieved the call announcing her victory as she met with police to report the burglary at her home in the village of Kingsnorth, Ashford.
Gold jewellery - including a piece given to her by her father before he died when she was just five - was stolen, along with electrical goods.
“I received the call saying I was PCC candidate just as I spoke with police about the burglary,” she said.
“The most upsetting thing is the jewellery - my mum’s engagement ring has gone and the last thing my father gave me before he died. Those things are irreplaceable.
“Electrical goods were taken too including the lap top and so I’ve got a lot of work to do now trying to get the work I had on there back.”
Cllr Yeo was selected by Labour Party members to stand in November’s election for the county’s first PCC.
“I won’t stand by and let Tories become cheerleaders for police cuts in Kent,” she said.
“Since coming into office, the Tory-led Government have attacked the police and undermined the fight against crime.
“Police budgets have been cut by 20 per cent, nearly double what experts and Labour said could be cut, and 16,000 police officers across the country are being lost.
“Already over 5,000 frontline officers in neighbourhood policing, traffic and 999 response units have been cut, 255 here in Kent.
“The Tories should be trying to fight crime and support the police. Instead they are cutting your police officers and don’t have a proper plan to cut crime.
“We have a positive view of policing, which contrasts strikingly with this Government’s negative and pessimistic view. Labour Police and Crime Commissioners will stand to fight the damage being done to policing by the Tories and do what we can to support the police in the fight against crime.”