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OPINION: Combating acid attacks is top priority

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:41 23 August 2017

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Although the holiday season is upon us, life carries on at the Assembly.

At Mayor’s Question Time this month I asked the mayor about the challenges to policing.

The Met has to make savings of around £400million on top of government cuts of £600 million since 2010.

In addition to the vital work the Met do policing the capital they also have responsibilities of national significance such as the fight against terrorism. The Met receive £174m even though the Home Office accepts it should get £281m.

This underfunding has left our police service stretched and both the mayor and I have called on the government to address this as a matter of urgency.

I have also joined our local MPs in calls for urgent action government to combat the rise in acid attacks. I welcomed the news that the Crown Prosecution Service will be pursuing tougher sentencing. It is right that those who carry corrosive substances could be given a four year jail term. And it’s certainly right that those who throw acid could receive a life sentence, because that’s exactly what they could be giving their victim. Sales - particularly of substances like sulphuric acid - must be more tightly regulated. I will continue to scrutinise any action in this area.

I have also been out in the community. I went on a visit with the East End Community Foundation to see the impressive youth projects they sponsor. I also attended the vibrant Latin American festival in Memorial Park and this, along with the World Athletics Championships showed London at its best - diverse, tolerant and open. More from Unmesh


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