CREWE residents are invited to have their say on a tax rise to help protect front-line policing.

David Keane, Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, launched the new county-wide consultation on Cheshire’s police precept on Tuesday. The results of could have significant ramifications for the force’s future.

Mr Keane is leading the consultation on the police precept – a key component of homeowners’ annual council tax bills – and is visiting communities across the region to gauge the views of residents and businesses on potential police precept increases.

The three-week consultation will see the Commissioner visit a number of locations across the county. He will be at The Market Centre, Crewe on Thursday, January 11 between 11am and 2pm.

Alternatively, residents and business owners can visit to have their say online.

The Commissioner will also be consulting with businesses based in the county separately, and there will be a supply of leaflets and questionnaires at police help desks should people not be able to attend the events or fill in the questionnaire online.