A WHITCHURCH pub boss has been joined in his call for greater policing visibility by a town councillor and the area’s MP.

Ben Miller, landlord at the White Bear on Whitchurch High Street, made the call after there were reports of anti-social behaviour in the town last Tuesday (August 15).

Mr Miller said that it has become more difficult for him to report such behaviour to the police.

He said: “Especially at the weekends, there should be more police visibility and patrolling cars.

“There used to be a way for pubs like ours to be able to get in touch with whoever was on duty so that if any trouble kicked off they were easily accessible.

“Now we have to call 999 or non-emergency, which can take a lot longer.”

He was joined in his call by North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan responding after there was alleged anti-social behaviour by fans coming back from watching League Two Walsall at nearby Wrexham. 


Mrs Morgan said: “We need to see real action and resources dedicated to keeping our towns safe at night.

“Whitchurch has a growing night-time economy and is an attractive place to live, but with that comes the need for proper community policing and support at night.

“I have had far too many conversations with constituents who don’t feel safe at night or who have had to see some very unpleasant incidents unfold – we need action to tackle this.”

Gregory Ebbs, a Whitchurch town councillor, added: “Out knocking on doors and speaking to residents in Whitchurch, anti-social behaviour and crime are issues that keep coming up.

“This really lets our town down and as a local business owner in Whitchurch myself and speaking to others with businesses, I know first-hand the impact it’s having.

“Our town is growing fast and needs extra resourcing.”