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Dawn Butler MP calls for review of policing in Harlesden

PICTURED: Dawn Butler at a community meeting Harlesden

DAWN BUTLER MP has called for an urgent review of policing arrangements in the Harlesden, Stonebridge and Kensal Green areas.

On June 15, The Brent MP hosted a community meeting with over 150 local residents in the heart of Harlesden calling for action to tackle the crisis in criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area.

This meeting was a follow up to the meeting held in September 2017. Following that event, the Metropolitan Police organised ‘Operation Hope’ which led to 55 arrests. It was clear however that a one off blitz was not good enough if they are to keep the streets safe. There has recently been an identified increase in both anti-social behaviour of 25.60% and violence and sexual offences of 25.09% in Harlesden in the last year alone.

In response to the meeting where it was outlined that local police do not have enough resources to tackle the growing problem, Ms Butler has written to Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and Brent Council calling for an urgent review of policing arrangements.

Dawn Butler MP said: “The message from Friday was clear. There needs to be a continued police presence if we are to have safer streets. If the Metropolitan Police do not have the human resources to tackle the growing crisis on our streets then the local council must step in and direct additional resources to problem areas.

"This is why I have today written to the Leader of Brent Council and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, calling for a review of our local policing arrangements that is specific to Harlesden, Stonebridge and Kensal Green.”

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