View from the House: We should cut crime, not the police

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2018


My Ilford North constituents will be pleased to know that burglars who made their lives a misery earlier this year have received prison sentences totalling almost 21 years.

They won’t be missed from our streets and I want to thank the Metropolitan Police for their work to bring them to justice.

There is no room for complacency. I welcome Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal’s confirmation this week that the £1.5 million he promised earlier this year for CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras will see added protection for our community from October and November. These cameras are proven to help deter and arrest criminals.

The Mayor of London has put additional resources from his City Hall budget into the police, but he continues to warn that this won’t be enough without the government playing its part.

I continue to worry about violent crime, robbery and theft. When parliament returned last week I warned home office ministers on our first day back that community policing now only exists on paper and in the speeches of politicians because of the impact of Tory cuts on police numbers. Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams, police chiefs and front line officers do their best. They try to keep up their visibility and I’m not knocking their efforts.

But until the Metropolitan Police, and every other force in the country, receives the resources they need to keep us safe, we’ll continue to see violent crime rise. Theresa May needs to cut crime, not the police.

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