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Lib Dems call for 3,000 more police officers in London

May 5, 2017 1:42 PM

The Liberal Democrats have outlined a costed plan to put 3,000 new police officers in London's crime hotspots.

The party says many of these officers would be concentrated in and around the transport network, where there has been a worrying increase in attacks and sexual assaults.

If elected on 8th June, the Lib Dems' Candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, Joe Bourke, says he would push for some of those officers to be deployed to tackle rising anti-social behaviour, violence and criminality on Chiswick Back Common. In recent weeks gangs of youths have congregated in the area, opposite Turnham Green Tube Station, fighting and harassing local residents.

Joe pointed out that the past month has seen a stabbing, assaults on the police and members of the public, and an incident in which up to 40 youths ran amok along the High Street.

"These incidents highlight the impact that Government's cuts are having on law and order, in what is usually considered a safe area for families to spend their leisure time," he said.

Joe noted that the police were doing their best to control the situation, increasing patrols, and where possible, drafting in extra officers from Hounslow and Feltham. They had also introduced a Dispersal Zone, permitting them to arrest youths returning to the area after being asked to leave. But more was needed.

"The massive reduction of the police budget has impacted operations from Chiswick Police Station. A 40 per cent cut to Hounslow Council's enforcement budget means that requests for CCTV coverage for Chiswick Back Common are proving difficult to meet. And, with resources for youth services in Hounslow being slashed by 75 per cent, there is little prospect that public money will be provided to find alternative activities for these teenagers.

"The police need more officers in the area. They need CCTV coverage there. And these youths need somewhere else to go," he pointed out.

"If elected, we will bring an end to these constant, damaging rounds of cuts to public funding. Take direct action to halt this decline in local law and order. Vote for the Lib Dems on 8th June."