COLCHESTER residents are being urged to voice their concerns regarding crime and community safety in the city.

Essex’s Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, will be leading a Public Meeting on December 5 from 7pm until 8pm.

Taking place at The Old Library, at Colchester Town Hall, in High Street, residents and business owners will be able find out more about what is being done to crack down on crime in the city.

During the event guests will be able to quiz Mr Hirst, as well as an expert panel made-up of representatives from Essex Police, Colchester Community Safety Partnership (CSP), and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

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Mr Hirst believes the meeting will provide a brilliant opportunity to communicate directly with members of the public.

He said: “Our public meetings are a great way to hear directly from local communities about any concerns they might have or issues they are experiencing.

“The meetings are also a great opportunity for us to brief residents on how we are working together with a range of partners to achieve the priorities in both our Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan. 

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“We will be updating attendees on the work being done around speeding motorists in rural locations and the extra investment in tackling anti-social behaviour in towns.

“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will also be able to provide updates on their work in the area including the excellent prevention work they are doing to reduce the risk of harm.”

Tuesday’s meeting will also provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about Essex Police’s current crime initiatives across the area.

In September, The Gazette revealed statistics collated by which showed the neighbourhood crime rates for the city.

The crime rate in Central Colchester was 34 per cent, 13.7 per cent in New Town and the Hythe, 13.6 per cent in Greenstead and 11.7 per cent in Mile End and Braiswick.

The figures were calculated by the number of crimes reported per thousand people last year.

To find out more about future meetings with the Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for Essex, head to