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View from the House: Police cuts have gone too far

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 December 2017

Wes Streeting speaking at a school cuts meeting. Picture: Ken Mears

Wes Streeting speaking at a school cuts meeting. Picture: Ken Mears

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The sight of a pensioner being robbed of her savings by pickpockets in a lift in Ilford’s Exchange Shopping Centre in CCTV footage released by the police has shocked people in our community and across the country.

£1,000 in savings is replaceable - if the woman isn’t insured I will be organising an appeal for donations to make sure she isn’t out of pocket - but as any victim of crime will tell you, the shock of the crime has a great deal more impact than any material loss.

I urge residents to go online and share the footage to help police catch the vile crooks who prey on older people.

Recently I met with Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to discuss residents’ concerns about crime in our community.

She got the message, but the Met has lost £600million since 2010 and is set to lose a further £400million by 2021.

Before the Christmas recess, I challenged ministers over their plans to further cut the policing budget in real terms - while passing on more of the cost to Londoners through a rise in the precept paid alongside Council Tax.

This is a familiar story under this government: budget cuts from central government, forcing tax rises locally.

People have a right to feel safe in their homes and communities.

Rises in violent crime shows that police cuts have consequences - and that the cuts have gone too far. Enough is enough.

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