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Catherine West: Backing calls for proper policing

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Tory/Lib Dem cuts threatening our local police services

 

The impact of the Tory/Lib Dem government cutting the Met Police budget by more than £500 million is now clear – Muswell Hill police station closed, reduced opening hours at Hornsey and Wood Green police stations, and police numbers falling.

Shockingly, it was revealed last month that there are now 2,900 fewer PCs and 2,370 fewer PCSOs in London than in May 2010 – 10% and more than 50% down respectively. In Haringey that’s 116 fewer officers and 74 fewer PCSOs since May 2010. The Met now has the third lowest visible police presence of any police area in England and Wales. You can add your name to those opposing these Tory/Lib Dem cuts here.

The police station in Tottenham High Road is now the only one open 24 hours a day in the borough if local residents want to report crime. This is not acceptable. We are continuing to argue for a local contact point, promised when Muswell Hill police station closed. We hope at last to report positive developments shortly.

Said Catherine West, Labour’s candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green MP:

“Residents tell us that a local base and properly resourced Safer Neighbourhood Teams who know the area and can build local relationships are important in making them feel safer and in deterring criminals and anti-social behaviour. Recent figures showing high levels of insurance claims for burglary in N10 underline the point.

“Instead, as a direct result of government cuts, agreed when local Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone was a minister in the Home Office, our police station is closed and our Safer Neighbourhood Teams spread thinner and thinner. The Lib Dems can’t keep pretending that the decisions they take nationally don’t have a very local impact.

“We fully support residents’ calls for the locally-based, properly resourced neighbourhood police service we need. Please tell us what you think on the short questionnaire overleaf. Labour will continue to fight to protect and improve local policing, including Council investment for more police on our streets.”

You can sign our petition against cuts to our vital police services here:

http://www.hornseywoodgreenlabour.org.uk/support_neighbourhood_policing

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