‘I’m de­ter­mined Brexit will not threaten city’

London mayor wants to en­sure se­cu­rity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE city’s se­cu­rity against ter­ror threats must be at the heart of Euro­pean Union ne­go­ti­a­tions, warned Mayor Sadiq Khan.

In the first joint London As­sem­bly meet­ing with Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan Howe, Mr Khan high­lighted how im­por­tant the key re­la­tion­ships and sys­tems built up with Euro­pean part­ners are to the city’s safety.

Promis­ing to take up the is­sue with the Home Sec­re­tary, he said: “I am de­ter­mined to do ev­ery­thing in my power to en­sure that Brexit does not dam­age the crit­i­cal re­la­tion­ships and sys­tems we have built up with Europe over many years to en­sure this city’s se­cu­rity.

“In or­der to re­tain the ben­e­fits of the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant and Prüm, it is paramount that London gets a seat at the ta­ble — along­side Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land — through­out ne­go­ti­a­tions with Brussels.

“As mayor, it is my job to pro­tect London’s in­ter­ests at ev­ery stage of the process and I will fight to pre­serve ev­ery pos­si­ble ap­pa­ra­tus at our dis­posal to help keep London safe.”

The mayor and the com­mis­sioner also ad­dressed the in­crease in hate crimes recorded since the vote to leave the EU.

Ad­dress­ing the As­sem­bly, they high­lighted their com­mit­ment to stamp­ing it out with a ze­ro­tol­er­ance ap­proach and called for all Lon­don­ers to re­port any in­ci­dences of abuse.

West Lon­don­ers have re­ported hate crimes in­clud­ing ‘racially mo­ti­vated’ graf­fiti on Ham­mer­smith’s Po­lice Cen­tre, as well as an­tisemitic mark­ings at a church in Eal­ing.

Mr Khan said: “We have seen a shock­ing rise in hate crimes in the last two weeks and both I and the Com­mis­sioner are de­ter­mined that we stamp this out right away.

“I have asked the po­lice to be ex­tra vig­i­lant.

“And the com­mis­sioner and I have agreed that we must have a ze­ro­tol­er­ance ap­proach and that the full force of the law must be used to catch and pun­ish any per­pe­tra­tors.”

He added: “I would ap­peal to all Lon­don­ers to re­port any in­ci­dents of hate crime or abuse – we can’t fix this prob­lem un­less it is re­ported.

“We are send­ing out a very clear mes­sage that this kind of be­hav­iour is not ac­cept­able and peo­ple will not get away with it.”

Agree­ments such as the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant and Prüm play a cru­cial role in al­low­ing the po­lice to do their jobs, help­ing to keep Lon­don­ers safe and bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

The Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant was suc­cess­fully used in 2005 to ex­tra­dite the failed London bomber Hus­sein Os­man to face jus­tice in the UK in a mat­ter of weeks.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan Howe came to­gether for the first joint London As­sem­bly meet­ing

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