MP calls for more police as recorded crime in London tops
the 1million mark
Liberal Democrat shadow
minister for London, Edward Davey MP, acknowledged that
his nightmarish crime predictions were coming true.
After raising the issue of the under funding of the
Metropolitan Police in an adjournment debate on Wednesday
24 March 1999, the fact that reported crimes in London
smashed through the million barrier, came as no surprise.
This is an increase of an 80,000 or 9% rise in offences
on the preceding period.
This comes in the wake of the Met being forced by the
Government to cut 604 police officers since the general
Out of the 41 Boroughs in the Metropolitan Police Sector,
almost 10% of these reductions were solely met by the
Commenting on the latest crime figures released by the
Home Office, Edward Davey said,
stand, things will only get worse. I stood up in the
House back in March and told Ministers that an increase
in crime would be the only result of further reductions
in police numbers. This has come true. I gave him
examples of the problems already faced by people from all
over the Borough. I warned him that the problems with
graffiti and yobbish would get worse. This has come true.
I told him that police cuts meant that the force was
being stretched to breaking point. This has come true.
Let me warn him again, if he doesn't do something to stop
the rot then within the next couple of years he'll be out
of a job. Unlike the others, I am sure the residents in
this Borough that have been victims of crime due to
police shortages hope that this one becomes true."
Or "Once again the Government has targeted Kingston
to bear the brunt of police cuts. When people voted new
Labour in the general elections that expected years of
Tory cuts to be changed. With further cuts in Kingston,
residents are beginning to tell me that they think they
are as bad as the last lot."