This week damning data obtained by the BBC revealed that knife crime has almost doubled across Havering since 2016. The data shows that over the last 12 months there were 13.2 reported knife crimes per 10,000 people in Havering.

A report from the Community Safety Partnership in Barking and Dagenham also highlighted that in the 12 months leading up to June 2019 serious youth violence had increased by 40.7% and knife crime by 17% on the previous period.

On Saturday 16th of February 2019, Jon Cruddas MP and his team was in South Hornchurch Ward speaking to residents and collecting signatures for Jon’s Calling Time on Crime campaign. Residents of Edmund Road, Rainham spoke of a recent event in which a man was pacing up and down the road with a machete in his hand causing disruption. This frightened local residents immensely. Other recent incidents that have occurred in the area of Edmund Road, Louise Gardens and Seaburn Close in South Hornchurch Ward include muggings, especially in a nearby alley way.

Last month Barking and Dagenham Council hosted the first ever East BCU Serious Violence Summit. The East BCU is the tri-borough command unit which covers Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. The event was launched in response to the concerning rise in violent crime across the tri-borough area over the last 12 months.

Over 200 people attended the event from across boroughs including MPs, councillors, voluntary organisations, social workers, charities, and people from the education sector.

On Friday 8th of February Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with Havering Council to discuss CCTV in South Hornchurch Ward, Rainham. Cherry Tree, Rainham has become a ‘hotspot’ for crime for many months now and Jon has been continuously contacted by constituents sharing their concerns for the area.

On Wednesday 16th January, Barking and Dagenham held the first ever East BCU (Borough Command Unit) Serious Violence Summit. The summit was attended by 240 people which included police officers, trauma surgeons, charity representatives, councillors from across the tri-borough area, victims of violent crime and many more.

Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime Sophie Linden addressed the summit at the start of the day announcing a harrowing fact – Metropolitan Police numbers have fallen under 30,000 officers at a time when crime is rising.

South Hornchurch Ward, Elm Park Ward, and Rainham & Wennington Ward have all recently created community contact sessions with local PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers). These meetings happen weekly with a variety of different times and places each week to accommodate different working schedules and family commitments.

The Safer Neighbourhood Board was set up as a forum for the community to discuss key issues facing the local area such as knife crime, acid attacks, moped crime and car theft. The board is responsible for monitoring police performance.

The SNB is attended by the police Borough Commander alongside representatives from other agencies and organisations in the community.

These meetings are an excellent opportunity for residents to come along and raise any concerns directly with the Borough Commander, and with other residents in the area.

Issuing his draft budget last week for the entire Greater London Authority Group, Sadiq confirmed that a new additional £49m pot of funding will be made available to the Metropolitan Police over the next year.

Included will be £15m to combat knife crime, £20.1m will be allocated to cover the cost of a two per cent police pay increase in 2018/19. The remaining £13.9m will be made available to the Commissioner to invest in officer numbers and to step up the fight against crime this year and next.

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.

On Wednesday 1st November after a three month campaign led by Jon Cruddas MP, and supported by the council; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced that Dagenham police station has been saved.

MOPAC noted: ’In Barking and Dagenham specifically, people have expressed strong views about the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station and the impact this would have on public confidence.’

Jon Cruddas MP commented: 

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