The campaign to save and retain services at Dagenham Police Station continues this week as Jon Cruddas MP urges residents to collect petition signatures on their streets. The MP for Dagenham and Rainham explained that the online petition “has already gained over 1300 signatures in the first week” but that many more are needed if the station is to be protected against government cuts.
Jon’s team have put petitions in over 20 local shops around Dagenham, and Jon is now urging residents to collect signatures down their streets. To join the campaign just email your name and address including your postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org – you will then receive a petition via the post with a freepost return for completed petitions. Alternatively you can leave a message on the phone with your name and address; 020 8984 7854.
The MOPAC consultation on police stations is open until October 6th however Jon Cruddas will be collating all of the returned petitions and submitting them as part of his consultation response. So the Jon is asking that all petitions are sent back to his office by no later than Thursday 31st August.
If you haven’t yet filled out Jon’s online petition you can do so by clicking HERE
Last week Council Leader Darren Rodwell joined the call to save Dagenham Police Station by writing directly to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Councillor Rodwell explained that with the fastest growing population in London, and an unfortunate increase in crime, losing visible services will further increase residents’ anxieties. He finished by stating that “these proposals should not even be entertained until our problems with police resources have been addressed.”
Jon Cruddas concluded: “we overturned these plans in 2013. We can do it again. These proposals are a nonsense and I will be fighting alongside residents all the way. As with other recent successful campaigns, this will boil down to people power and the strength of the community, so please get involved and request a petition from my office.”