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Boston councillor is new Labour candidate for Lincolnshire police job

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

Coun Paul Gleeson

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A PROMINENT Boston councillor has emerged as the new Labour candidate for the top job overseeing the running of Lincolnshire's police force.

Cllr Paul Gleeson was named as the party's Police and Crime commissioner nominee after original choice Paul Dilks was forced to step down after it emerged he had a previous minor criminal conviction.

Cllr Dilks was convicted of handling stolen goods as a 16-year-old after what he described as a 'schoolboy prank' went wrong.

Cllr Gleeson said: "We had a really good candidate in Phil and I was surprised and saddened when he contacted me to say he was having to stand down.

"I was equally proud when the Labour Party decided to confirm my selection as their candidate.

"All this meant that last week turned into a busy week for me, as well as trying to bring myself back up to speed on PCC issues and being contacted by lots of groups around the county asking me to attend meetings and hustings, we have been putting the final touches to the borough council's task and finish group's report on the social impact of migration."

Speaking of the incident back in the 1960s, Cllr Dilks said: "Some 44 years ago, I was one of a group of lads on scooters visiting a mate in hospital.

"As we left the car park to go home, one of the lads stupidly picked up an old crash helmet that wasn't his.

"We all went back to my family home to mess about as teenagers do and unknown to me, the helmet was left in our garage.

"The police never found out who took it, but because it was found in our garage, I was charged with handling stolen goods."

November 15 will see the public having the opportunity to vote to elect a county PCC who will be responsible for delivering an effective police service in their police force area.

Cllr Gleeson added: "People want more than just being listened to, they want to be heard. They want to have the confidence that their concerns will be taken seriously and that any future police plan will start to address those issues.

"The PCC must also ensure that all, not just the loudest voices are heard as I am convinced that by working closely with communities, especially as they see that their input is being heard and is making a difference, supporting our police officers in their really tough job of keeping us all safe, we can make the county a better place to live."

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