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Now you see it, now you don't: Bench goes on walkabout to a new location in Market Square

Bench warfare has broken out in Atherstone, leaving opinion divided as the town's civic leader admits councillors have been left with little choice over taking punitive action against "undesirable types".

Town council chairman David Wright confirmed to Nub News that popular resting places in Long Street – outside the Nationwide and Red Lion Hotel – have been removed for a "trial period" after a renewed wave of public complaints about anti-social behaviour associated around them.

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Talking point: PCC Philip Seccombe with local officers

At least eight extra pairs of police boots will be patrolling the streets of Atherstone and district in the coming year after a Tory-led government finally reverses a decade of austerity measures inflicted on the justice system.

The area will see a rise in bobbies on the beat, a six-strong new rural crime team exclusively for the north of Warwickshire and major improvements in the infrastructure and supporting services to the county force – with an additional cost to local taxpayers of less than 3p a day on average.

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