Rainham MP Jon Cruddas says it is 'paramount' increasing crime rate in south of the borough is tackled

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2017

Rainham MP Jon Cruddas. Picture:

Rainham MP Jon Cruddas. Picture:

An MP is calling for more action to be taken against crime in the south of the borough, after being sent letters by hundreds of residents who have experienced it first hand.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, wrote in hisRecorder column on Friday, March 10, that it had become “increasingly clear” that people living in Elm Park, Rainham and South Hornchurch feel there has been a rise in anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

He said: “It is of paramount importance to me that residents feel safe in their homes and in their communities.

“I will continue to work with our local police to ensure that the worries and concerns of people in the south of Havering are heard and addressed.”

From the beginning of December 2016 to the end of January 2017, there have been 428 incidents reported to police in these areas, with a majority of them being listed as burglaries, criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour.

Mr Cruddas launched an online consultation and surveys were delivered to residents in the south of the borough where 95per cent of responses said that they felt crime had worsened where they live.

The MP has set up a meeting with Havering’s police borough commander which will take place in the coming weeks.

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