Jon Cruddas vows to set up police meeting to help tackle gang crime in Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 14:46 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 13 June 2017
Jon Cruddas has pledged to meet with the Metropolitan Police’s borough commander in a bid to help tackle gang crime.
The newly-reelected MP for Dagenham and Rainham explained that the “scourge of knife and scooter gang crime” was the biggest issue residents complained about as he campaigned on the doorsteps in Dagenham ahead of last week’s general election.
“I said I would take action as a top priority and now I will be true to my word,” he said.
“I will be seeking a meeting with tri-borough commander Jason Gwilliam at the earliest opportunity.
“I want to impress upon him that we expect a policy of zero tolerance of scooter gangs.
“These violent thugs, armed with knives, machetes and even fire extinguishers, are blighting our community. Other areas around London have introduced zero tolerance and we need the same policy here.”
The Post has covered several incidents in recent months where youths on mopeds and motor scooters have targeted members of the public, using them to steal either possessions or other bikes.
“There are also huge concerns about the police’s “non-pursuit” strategy,” Mr Cruddas added.
“I want to know that officers have got all the powers they need to chase and apprehend violent criminals.”
The Labour politician also raised concerns about government cuts to frontline policing and the impact this has on communities.
He said: “We need to know whether police have enough resources to do their jobs properly.
“We have already seen £600m slashed from the policing bill across London since 2010, and the Tories have pledged to remove another £400m taking away 12,000 jobs.
“As Theresa May is finding out, trying to achieve more with less is not easy.
“At this time - following the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks - there are no more excuses for the government.
“They must commit to being tough on crime or they must be held to account.”
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