Redbridge Council agree to spend £1.5million on tackling crime

Council leader Jas Athwal is excited about the cultural quarter. Picture: Ken Mears

Council leader Jas Athwal is excited about the cultural quarter. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

A sum of £1.5million will be used to combat crime in the borough.

Proposals, including additional CCTV, improved street lighting and increased enforcement officers, was agreed at a Redbridge Council cabinet meeting on Tuesday, February 6.

Council leader, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We are taking the current crime epidemic very seriously, working with police colleagues to protect residents and their property.

“The council is working on a range of measures including improved lighting, CCTV and increasing our enforcement presence on the street.

“In addition, I have requested more police resources from the police commissioner, Deputy Mayor for Policing and the Home Secretary.”

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Cllr Athwal said that since a public meeting in Clayhall on Sunday, February 4, Redbridge enforcement officer have been patrolling burglary hotspots and will “continue to do so”

Street lamps are also being improved to give the maximum light possible.

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“We will continue to lobby the government and the Mayor of London for more resources and in the meantime, we will be increasing our enforcement team from 21 to 30 in our fight against this crime that is blighting the lives of our residents.”

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