It’s se­ri­ous – we must

Sunday Express - - CRIME - By Joan Ryan

BE­ING robbed has be­come the norm and my un­der­stand­ing is that peo­ple fear there will be reprisals if they re­port it.

Par­ents are wor­ried about let­ting their teenagers go on the bus and that is not right.

There has been a 21 per cent in­crease in rob­bery in En­field since Novem­ber and there has been a 20 per cent rise in knife crime over the past year.

We are in a per­fect storm that threat­ens our com­mu­nity’s sta­bil­ity – it is that se­ri­ous. Peo­ple are right to be con­cerned. At the same time we have gone to the top of a league ta­ble we do not want to be the top of – the high­est rate for se­ri­ous youth vi­o­lence in London in the past year.

In En­field we have lost 230 to 240 of­fi­cers from our streets.

My first issue is to say to the Gov­ern­ment that we need more po­lice on our streets. We need to bring back the neigh­bour­hood po­lice who know who these peo­ple are and can help stop them be­ing drawn into this.

But this takes a multi-agency ap­proach. The ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice, youth ser­vices, our council which al­lo­cates funds to vol­un­tary sec­tor groups, all of which would come to­gether to tackle these is­sues, have got no

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