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View from City Hall: Let's tackle crime efficiently

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 October 2018

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I recently attended a meeting organised by members of the Maryland Residents Association to discuss crime in their community, along with Mayor of Newham and local councillors.

The meeting was highly constructive, with residents sharing their specific concerns about the rise in the number of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) incidents taking place locally.

Sadly, ASB is an issue that blights the lives of many Londoners, and I have pledged to crack down on it through my work at City Hall in my recently published pamphlet, Policing London- A Vision for a Safer City.

In Newham, the borough’s geographic make-up can present challenges for the local police. Stratford and Maryland both cover a large area and receive a significant number of visitors due to the Westfield Shopping Centre, amongst other new leisure and retail developments. During the meeting, we discussed how looking at areas ‘as a whole’, rather than just ward by ward, could help the police to tackle crime more efficiently.

I have also recently released a report outlining the obstacles that undocumented migrants face when reporting crime under the government’s shameful hostile environment policy, which requires police forces to pass on victims’ details to immigration officials. All Londoners should be able to come forward confidently if they have experienced crime. It is a burning injustice that those with an uncertain immigration status could face deportation if they take the courageous step of seeking justice.

Both this report and my ‘Vision for a Safer City’ pamphlet are available on my GLA webpage.

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