View from the House: Air crime concerns at public meeting

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 February 2018


In the last few weeks we have heard of yet more shocking incidents of crime in our borough, including the news that another young person in our community, Hasan Ozcan, has been tragically killed in a knife attack.

Our hearts go out to Hasan’s family and friends at this awful time.

This tragic news followed only a few days after a Post investigation revealed that knife crime in our borough had risen by a shocking 178 per cent in the last five years. I know that the local police and the council are doing all they can to combat knife crime in our borough as well as combating the threat of acid attacks, burglaries and moped-related crime.

However, as I have said before, it is absolutely vital that we maintain a strong police presence throughout our borough and this includes keeping our frontline police counter services open. That’s why I’ve been campaigning for assurances that Barking Police Station will remain open despite government cuts to the Metropolitan Police’s budget.

You can support my campaign by signing the petition here:

The deputy mayor for policing and crime, Sophie Linden, has also kindly agreed to meet residents later this month so that you can raise any of your concerns directly with her.

This public meeting will be taking place in the Conference Suite of the Barking Learning Centre on Monday, February 19 at 6.30pm. Please do let me know if you can join me by emailing or calling 020 8594 1333.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

The Hammers hold the Blues in London derby showdown by Yarmolenko miss will haunt them

Yesterday, 15:00

Pupils from five Dagenham primary schools have been treated to a special ballet performance - and are set to learn to dance themselves.

Yesterday, 09:16

Barking were left empty-handed after being edged out by Maldon & Tiptree at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

Yesterday, 09:00

Barking Market will be marking its revamp with a day full of family fun.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Eastleigh 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The 1910s and 1940s were defined by wars. The 70s had power shortages. The 80s the wars on drugs started.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A grandfather’s battle with stage four lung cancer has inspired his daughter and two granddaughters to cut their hair in an event to raise funds for a charity.


Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now