UKIP's Godfrey Bloom launches campaign to become Humberside police commissioner
A CANDIDATE bidding to become the first Humberside police and crime commissioner has said he will campaign for tougher prison sentences if elected.
UKIP candidate Godfrey Bloom also said he would cut the number of speed cameras and put victims first.
Launching his campaign in Hull, Mr Bloom said: "If I am elected, I will use my position as a platform to criticise the soft sentencing in this country, especially for repeat offenders.
"You hear of burglars who commit 25 offences and only go down for six months.
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"My guys can do their best, but what can they do if these people keep being let out of prison?"
He also dismissed speed cameras as a "money-making scam" which are reducing public confidence in the police.
"If your only contact with the police is an officer jumping out from behind a bush with a radar gun because you're doing 34mph, and then they can't come out when your house is burgled, you are going to lose confidence in them," said Mr Bloom.
"There are lots of cameras which are out there just to entrap people and make money. It also means a police officer sitting at the side of the road when they could be out on the beat."
Mr Bloom, 63, said he will step down from his role as an MEP if he wins November's election.
He described himself as "in touch with the public" and said he has seen the effects of crime and antisocial behaviour first-hand during his work as an MEP.
"I have been to plenty of sink estates, like Bransholme, and I thought they were full of people one step up from animals, but that couldn't be further from the truth," he said.
"Most of the residents are law-abiding citizens who keep tidy homes and gardens but on nearly every street there are pensioners living behind steel shutters because of neighbours from hell and antisocial behaviour.
"I want to protect people and start putting the victim first, not the criminal."
Mr Bloom is standing for the role with former Humberside Deputy Chief Constable Mike Speakman, who spent five years with the force before retiring in 2000.
They officially launched their campaign in Hull yesterday alongside the party leader Nigel Farage.
Mr Bloom said: "I am bringing a team with commercial experience, experience of working with men and women in uniform, political experience and policing experience.
"We are the only game in town. I don't think people know how big this job is, it is a monster."
Mr Speakman said: "Putting victims first is absolutely crucial. Over the years there have been a succession of politicians promising to do that, and they never have done.
"I am supporting Godfrey because I believe in his and UKIP's policies."