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Local residents are justifiably angry and concerned at the rise in crime and burglary in Redbridge. Huge cuts by Conservative led governments since 2010 are now leading to a deteriorating police service for my constituents. 

On Wednesday Parliament debated the Police GrantThe Government proposed a flat cash settlement, meaning a cut of £100 million, the eighth consecutive year of real-term cuts in Home Office funding. In London, £700 million has been cut from the Met's budget, losing 2,495 officers and 3,261 Police Community Support Officers.

The Met has to find £370 million more savings by 2022. As a cost saving measure police stations have been closed, including four in Redbridge. Last year Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge were merged into one of two so called Pathfinder Basic Command Units.

Despite strong criticisms and an initial significant reduction in performance, the Met now say that performance and response times have recently improved. As a result they now intend to extend the model all over London, so instead of 32 separate Boroughs there will be 12 BCUs. Tony Blair rightly said we should be “tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime”.

But under the Conservatives services that tackle the root causes of crime have been slashed. £22 million cut from London youth services since 2011 and 30 youth centres closed, losing at least 12,700 places. Crime has steadily risen across Britain for the last 4 years. This is a national problem that requires national solutions. 

 

 

Ilford Recorder Column on Police Cuts

Local residents are justifiably angry and concerned at the rise in crime and burglary in Redbridge. Huge cuts by Conservative led governments since 2010 are now leading to a deteriorating...

On the 31st of January Mike Gapes MP attended a reception in Parliament to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team.

Mike Gapes joined MPs from across the political spectrum in supporting a petition committing to better help and support for those with fibromyalgia. 

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with the mental process, headaches and IBS.

It is thought that as many as 1 in every 25 people may suffer from Fibromyalgia.

The fibromyalgia petition has been set up:

  • Because many fibromyalgia sufferers are not recognised as having a disability
  • To gain better protection under the equality act for all invisible illnesses not just Fibromyalgia
  • To push for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment.
  • To raise awareness of ‘invisible illnesses’ for medical professionals, families, friends, carers and the wider community, especially as diagnosis can be low and late

The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-fibromyalgia-a-disability

Mike Gapes MP supports constituents with Fibromyalgia

On the 31st of January Mike Gapes MP attended a reception in Parliament to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team. Mike Gapes joined MPs from across the...

Mike Gapes MP will be hosting a public meeting for residents with Cllr Jas Athwal, the Leader of Redbridge Council, and Senior Police Officers on Monday 5th March in Redbridge Town Hall. Space will be limited, so to attend you need to register for a ticket here.
Residents will have the opportunity to raise concerns directly with members of the panel and will be able to hear an update from the police on 'Operation Mexico', the operation to tackle burglaries and robberies across the borough.
Last week Mike Gapes MP was updated by the Borough Commander on the burglary crisis in Ilford South and across Redbridge.
Local Police have said that:
 
· These burglaries are being committed by 3/4 groups who are travelling long distances across London and Essex to commit these crimes.
 
· Since 2nd January they have made 52 arrests for 54 offences as part of ‘Operation Mexico’. Of these 54 offences, 31 of these have been burglary specifically.
 
· Specialist analysists from the Met have now been deployed to Redbridge to assist with ‘Operation Mexico’ so that the police’s limited resources are being targeted as best they can to make arrests and stop burglaries.
 
· January 2018 is the first month that Redbridge has seen a monthly decrease in the number burglaries. The work has only just begun, but the police are confident that this means their actions are beginning to make a difference.
 
· The Police are increasing their visible patrols at peak times and are starting to hand out 500 Met Trace kits.
 
· The Police want to know where this stolen property is going. The Police want to emphasise that knowing where stolen property is ending up would be a massive help to their ongoing investigations. If residents who have been burgled have any idea where any of their stolen property has turned up or been found, please let them know.
 
Cllr Jas Athwal, the Leader of Redbridge Council, has announced that Redbridge Council will be:
 
· Investing £1.5million in CCTV and ANPR cameras across the Borough.
 
· Increasing the brightness of our new £4.4million LED lighting system across the Borough.
 
· Deploying Redbridge Council Enforcement Officers on street patrols at until late in the evening to increase the uniformed presence on our streets and is looking at other steps the Council can take.
 
Unfortunately cuts of £1bn from central government are putting tremendous pressures on to the Metropolitan Police. Mike Gapes MP will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask her to reverse these cuts. If you want to join Mike, please consider signing our petition to the Home Secretary.

Mike Gapes MP to host public meeting on burglaries in Redbridge with Senior Police Officers and Leader of Redbridge Council

Mike Gapes MP will be hosting a public meeting for residents with Cllr Jas Athwal, the Leader of Redbridge Council, and Senior Police Officers on Monday 5th March in Redbridge...


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