View from the House: Police cuts putting community at risk

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 October 2018


The murder of a 23 year old man on the streets of my constituency has once again brought the issue of violent crime painfully close to home.

Moses Mayele leaves behind family and friends who are now grieving and who deserve answers.

Someone must know what happened. They must come forward to the police or even anonymously via Crimestoppers to help them piece together what happened.

Violent crime is on the rise. Not just in our city, or even just in cities across the country, but also the shires and leafy Home Counties.

I have written on this theme in the Recorder many times before and I make no apology for it: Government cuts to policing are putting our communities at risk. It is as simple as that.

There are, of course, factors beyond policing numbers in play.

That’s why I welcome Sadiq Khan’s announcement establishing a violent crime reduction unit to provide additional youth workers and youth services, community projects to tackle knife crime and £140million for police officers to help mitigate against government cuts.

But unless the prime minister puts her words about ending austerity into practice, we will continue to see our streets soaked in blood and young lives lost to violence.

Youth violence is a recurring theme in my discussions with secondary school students. They’re worried and rightly so.

So I will continue to campaign for more police. In the House of Commons, on the Treasury Committee and on our streets.

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