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View from the House: Air crime concerns at public meeting

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 February 2018

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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: margaret-hodge.co.uk/save-barking-police-station-2/

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 margarethodge@hotmail.co.uk or calling 020 8594 1333.

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