Redbridge to receive 30 more police officers after Mayor of London visits Clayhall

PUBLISHED: 17:13 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 27 February 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Picture: Lauren Hurley

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Picture: Lauren Hurley

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Redbridge will receive around 30 more police officers to help tackle crime after the Mayor of London spoke with Clayhall residents.

Sadiq Khan said he will invest an additional £60million into the Metropolitan Police Service, which will generate 1,000 more officers across the capital.

The Mayor stood alongside the leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting and Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, in Clayhall Park, Longwood Gardens, and promised to “fight the rise in crime caused by Conservative neglect”.

Surrounded by supporters and concerned residents on Saturday, February 17, he lambasted the financial pressures placed on the police by central government and praised the work of the local authority.

Although not responsible for policing, Redbridge Council said it has taken the unusual step of filling in gaps cuts have left in order to ensure the safety and security of residents.

Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We have already faced £600m worth of police cuts and now the government is planning a further £400m cuts.

“The results of this gutting of the police service are plain to see in Redbridge with our residents living in fear thanks to rising crime.

“The council is committed to doing everything we can to protect residents and we welcome the support of the Mayor of London - the additional 1,000 officers Sadiq has promised will make a huge difference to London.

“Whilst the council itself faces funding cuts, the Labour administration has committed to this one-off infrastructure funding to do what it can to protect the residents of Redbridge, and step in when it seems the government has abandoned us.”

A Home Office spokeswoman insisted London currently has more money for policing and more police officers than anywhere else in the country.

She added: “The Mayor is accountable to the London public for police performance and is empowered to raise the precept to increase funding for the Met by around £43 million.

“The Met will receive £2.5 billion in direct resource funding in 2018-19, of which over £1.9 billion is government funding and £634million from the precept if maximised.

“The Met also has £240million of reserves, to cover unexpected costs and invest, for example in better technology.”

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