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OPINION: I will demand greater priority from police

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 September 2017

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Every day I receive hundreds of communications from my constituents on topics far and wide, but the one issue that is getting higher on the agenda is crime!

People are fed up of anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods, and I’m desperately concerned about the increase in moped-related crime in our area. There are two issues that need to be addressed here.

Is Havering subsidising the inner London boroughs, and should we have a bigger share of the Metropolitan Police?

Secondly, are our forces becoming social workers who have their hands tied to tackle crime head-on?

The recent revelation that Havering police are not sufficiently responding to significant incidents within one hour is highly worrying. Whether this is down to teething problems during the transition, or an inherent flaw in the tri-borough model (East Area Basic Command Unit) waits to be seen. Regardless, the mayor needs to recognise that more officers are needed in outer London communities such as Romford.

I’m told by government officials that the policy on chasing moped suspects lies with the independent College of Policing. Yet at the same time, frontline police have pleaded with government to free up the red tape to allow them to give chase properly.

None of us should have to settle with the demographic and social problems that are encroaching from inner London. I will be demanding that our local police, the Mayor of London and the minister of state for policing give greater priority to ensuring the safety of our borough.

My last correspondence with the police regarding the campaign to tackle these bike gangs was certainly positive. Operation Venice is proactively patrolling hot spot areas where these crimes occur and conducting manhunt activity for all suspects currently wanted.

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