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MP Jon Cruddas launches petition to save under threat Rainham Police Station

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 November 2017

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A petition to save Rainham Police Station's front counter has been launched by Labour MP Jon Cruddas.

The front counter, located at Rainham Tesco, is earmarked for closure as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Public Access Strategy that requires the Met to make a further £400m of savings.

If implemented, the nearest police station for Rainham residents to report crime will be Romford.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Mr Cruddas said: “We campaigned and changed minds over Dagenham police station and we’re up for the fight again,” said Mr Cruddas.

“The closure would mean Rainham residents having to travel to Romford to report a crime. That’s up to 55 minutes away by public transport and 25 minutes by car, without traffic.

“That will have a serious impact on response times and will make it really difficult for the vulnerable and older people - many who don’t have online access - to have any relationship with police.

“This move will leave the whole of Rainham, Wennington, South Hornchurch and Elm Park without a visible police presence.

“That really isn’t acceptable. I know the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is being forced to make £400m of Tory austerity cuts but this is the wrong message to send to criminals.

“At a time or rising violent crime, particularly around knife and moped gangs, we need to let these thugs know we are taking the fight to them.”

“We campaigned and changed the minds of MOPAC over Dagenham police station, and we’re up for the fight again.”

Fay Hough, the MP’s Havering coordinator, launched the campaign to save the counter.

She said: “I can’t believe the short-sightedness of this decision. Crime is rising, and the nature of crime is changing – now is not the time to be taking away our only police base.”

To sign the petition, visit joncruddas.org.uk/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=30&reset=1

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