Gogglebox star endorsement for UKIP's Sussex PCC candidate at Eastbourne event

UKIP's candidate for May's Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections received an endorsement from a star of TV's Gogglebox at an Eastbourne event earlier this week.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 3:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 3:59 pm
Gogglebox's Andrew Michael with UKIP's Sussex PCC candidate Patrick Lowe (photo submitted). SUS-160203-153120001

Andrew Michael, who briefly left the Channel 4 programme last year to stand as a UKIP candidate in Hastings and Rye, was one of more than 75 people to listen to Patrick Lowe, who is standing against Conservative incumbent Katy Bourne, Lib Dem James Walsh, and Labour’s Michael Jones, on Monday morning.

Mr Lowe referenced Mr Jones’ pledge to freeze cuts to community policing and explore other ways to save Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

He said: “If he was truly listening to the residents and the people of Sussex Michael and the other candidates would know that what they want are more fully trained police constables i.e. bobbies back on the beat, not what is being proposed by the other candidates.

“Labour wants more PCSOs, the Liberals want more community policing and Katy Bourne wants more community wardens.

“Well UKIP wants fully trained local bobbies back on the beat that’s how you cut crime, not by putting PCSO’s or community wardens on the streets who have no power of arrest.”

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