Romford stabbing: Labour candidate calls for increase in police presence after The Brewery murder
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 May 2017
A parliamentary candidate for Romford says there needs to be a stronger police presence, following the murder of a 20-year-old man at The Brewery yesterday.
Labour candidate Angelina Leatherbarrow spoke to the Recorder about how she was on her way home yesterday when she saw emergency services at The Brewery.
“I went past the shopping centre yesterday which isn’t the usual route that I take”, she said.
“It’s so sad and disappointing but I don’t feel shocked.
“It feels like incidents like these are happening more often and it’s horrible.
“Romford town is changing with the new developments and we are encouraging that but that brings a lot of challenges with more people wanting to live and visit here.”
The Met Police introduced the East Area Command Unit earlier this year made of the police units in Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge, where officers can take calls in any of the three boroughs.
The policing model was introduced to help reduce duplication of duties and make sure officers can be dedicated to neighbourhood policing and strengthen community engagement.
Mrs Leatherbarrow said: “On paper, Havering is the safest borough out of the three so since the East Area Command Unit, more officers are attending calls outside of the borough.
“There needs to be more of a police presence because this helps to deter people from committing crimes.
“On behalf of the Labour party, I want to give condolences to his poor family.”