There are only two ways to respond to the theft of charity money from a Church: sadness and anger. I feel both this morning, and particularly the latter. As I said in response to Graham Cutler's post yesterday, this was a cowardly and unChristian act and whoever did it needs to be caught.
East Cleveland residents will be aware of an individual who is a serious repeat offender in committing burglaries and robberies in Lingdale, Skelton-in-Cleveland and Loftus, re-offending almost as quickly as he is released. I will not name him here and please do not do so in the comments below.
I am very clear more needs to be done to tackle crime across our constituency. I met the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to make this point forcefully yesterday. I told him about the depth of concern that is felt in our communities and said it is my number one domestic policy priority.
Simon Clarke MP would like to pay tribute to everyone in Lingdale who has come together in the face of the recent crime wave in the village - and thank everyone who has contacted him with evidence about this.