John Biggs warns of further police cuts - but Mayor’s office denies plans

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson attends Metropolitan Police passing out parade at West Ham United

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson attends Metropolitan Police passing out parade at West Ham United Ground earlier this year - Credit: Archant

Newham could face another round of police cuts, London Assembly Member John Biggs has warned.

The call comes after the Mayor of London refused to rule out closing police contact points, which were introduced last year after two police stations were closed, in a discussion with .Joanne McCartney AM

Mr Biggs, the assembly member for City and East London, said: “When the Mayor closed two London police stations in Newham last year there was real concern that there were further cuts to come. Boris Johnson’s comments make that look significantly more likely.

“According to the latest figures, since the current Government came to power in 2010 Newham has lost 134 police officers and PCSOs.

“Further cuts and closures would push the police service to breaking point.”

The Mayor’s office, however, countered the claims, saying that there had in fact been an increase in officers on the borough’s streets.

A spokesman for the Mayor’s office for policing and crime said: “The decision to put an extra 2,600 officers into neighbourhoods across the capital means that the number of officers working in neighbourhoods in Newham will increase from the 765 there were in 2011 to 836 by 2015 – an increase of 71 with most of these new officers now in post.

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“Londoners have backed the Mayor’s decision to put bobbies before buildings and there are currently no plans to close contact points in Newham.”

In his discussion with Ms McCartney at the Mayor’s Question Time, Mr Johnson said he could not give an answer when asked by whether he planned to cut the contact points.

He did, however, admit that “some contact points work better than others” and that he was reviewing their use.

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