Community relations in Newham ‘strong’ five years on from London riots

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 August 2016

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales. Picture: Marcus Lyon

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales. Picture: Marcus Lyon

© Marcus Lyon

Five years on from the shocking scenes of violence and vandalism which plagued London during the 2011 riots, officials say community relations are being strengthened.

Newham borough commander Tony NashNewham borough commander Tony Nash

Borough commander Tony Nash said community-affiliated crime in Newham had dropped by 19 per cent over the last four years, while public confidence rose from 49pc to 67pc over the same period.

This was “achieved through our partnership [with the Newham Independent Advisory Group] and work with our communities”, Ch Sup Nash told the Recorder.

“The main issue where the police can reduce the potential for such events is ensuring we have strong and meaningful channels of communication along with being open.

“The NIAG has been a key component in ensuring we do just that. The Metropolitan Police Service are proactively encouraging people who look like, sound like and feel like London’s communities to join as police officers.

“We are constantly reviewing who are our communities with a view to creating the space for them to link in with us in a positive manner.”

Violence did flare in Newham during the riots, mostly confined to vandalism and looting in East Ham, and on a much smaller scale than the rest of the capital.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales put this down to “the strong community spirit we have cultivated across the borough for years which encourages people to respect each other”.

He said: “Our work in developing a strong and cohesive community continues through working with residents, voluntary and faith groups, by holding events open to everyone, raising the aspirations of all our children, creating jobs and providing the homes our residents need and deserve.”

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