Community members in Epping are being asked to air the views on crime and in the area at a meeting held by Essex’s police and fire commissioner.

Roger Hirst, the first combined Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in the country, will hold a forum at the council offices in High Street, Epping from 6.30pm on Monday, November 20.

Details of current crime trends and ongoing operations will be discussed at the meeting. Anybody going along will have the opportunity to put their questions and concerns to the panel.

The panel will also feature deputy crime commissioner Jane Gardner, Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, Epping Forest district councillor Sam Kane and Essex Fire and Rescue.

Roger Hirst said: “I welcome the opportunity to meet with local residents and I urge everyone who wants to have their say on community safety issues in the area to come along.”

Cllr Kane added: “If you have a concern or wish to know more about the way our district is policed these meetings are great opportunities to ask your questions.

“The district has such a strong sense of community, and events like these are vital in ensuring we all feel safe and protected.

“So come along and help the police understand the issues you’re facing, let’s work together to make our district a safer place to live.”