The police front counter at Rainham Tesco has been earmarked for closure as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime ‘Public Access Strategy’, this would mean that the nearest police station for Rainham residents to report crime will be Romford.
A 25 minute drive without traffic, or approx. 55 minutes by public transport.
This move, as argued during the successful campaign to save Dagenham police station, could have serious implications on response times. This will also seriously impede resident’s ability to report crime; especially the most vulnerable, or those without access to online mediums.
Sign Jon's petition HERE
Jon Cruddas MP said: “this move will leave the whole of Rainham and Wennington, South Hornchurch, and Elm Park in my constituency without a visible police presence. We campaigned and changed the minds of MOPAC over Dagenham police station, and we're up for the fight again.”
Fay Hough, the MPs Havering Coordinator and Rainham resident will be launching a campaign against this decision later this week, which will include a petition in local shops, and campaign packs.
You can sign the peititon online HERE
Fay commented: “I can’t believe the short-sightedness of this decision. Crime is rising, and the nature of crime is changing – now is not the time to be taking away our only police base. I’ll be fighting against this every step of the way, and I hope that the people of Rainham will stand with me. This is going to take all the people power we can muster from the community.”
Residents can request a campaign pack and collect signatures down their road by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with full name and address.