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Moped muggings: ‘Make our communities safe’ demands Romford MP in Parliament

PUBLISHED: 17:44 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:14 13 July 2017

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell debated the rise in moped-related crimes in Parliament. Picture: Parliament.TV

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell debated the rise in moped-related crimes in Parliament. Picture: Parliament.TV

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Families frightened by moped gangs terrorising streets across the borough was the subject of a parliamentary debate last week.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell raised his concerns about moped muggings that have occurred across Havering and London and called for more action.

He demanded answers from Nick Hurd, minister for policing and the fire service, as to how the government would tackle the problem.

“Motor bike crime and moped crime in London is on the increase,” he said.

“We need community officers who can deal with this problem directly, as it is an increasing issue.

“What are the government doing about it? Can we please make our communities safer in this respect?

Mr Hurd responded: “As a fellow London MP I totally agree with the gent.

“In fact I heard it directly the other day from a sergeant with whom I was walking the beat in London Bridge.

“As my honourable friend knows, it is a requirement of local police chiefs to set the operational priorities.

“It is our responsibility to make sure they have the resources they need to meet all the risks they see.

But Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd added: “Community policing is the bedrock on which all policing operates, but following the bomb in Greater Manchester the whole of the police service has been working 12-hour days and there is no capacity to draw people in for overtime.

“Does the minister not understand that policing is stretched beyond any capacity to deliver?”

Mr Hurd added: “I hope the honourable gentleman knows that we are extremely sensitive to that point.

“As I said in my remarks, we are very aware that the pressure put on the police as a result of recent terrible events, not least the one in Manchester, has required a surge of police effort and fantastic collaboration between forces, but we now have to sit down rationally with police and crime commissioners and police chiefs, to really understand and test assertions about pressure on police forces and to make sure that they have the resources they need to keep us safe.”

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  • I know Andrew is a busy man but if he was really interested in making streets safer, he would sit down and listen to our concerns as parents. Bullying is very bad in schools. I live in Havering, and most of the schools here sweep bullying under the carpet and with the help of Havering council. I have asked for a meeting with Andrew so that a few of us parents can discuss how we can work together to stamp out this inappropriate behavior. After all, it is this behaviour that is going unpunished due to the lack of discipline within schools and uneducated parents. It is these children who are not punished for bullying and other unacceptable behaviour that go on to commit moped crime, acid attacks, stabbings and more. It is these children that grow up thinking that doing bad stuff is normal. This whole country needs to work together to change the discipline for children from a young age. Giving the children the rights they have today has spun behavior on its head. Children need to be punished and there needs to be consequences for bad actions. Change schools; make them and allow them to punish unacceptable behaviour and the crime we are seeing on a local level will reduce, making the country a safer place.

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    Terry Kane

    Friday, July 14, 2017

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