Crime rises in Tower Hamlets buck East London trend


Crime up 9% in Tower Hamlets since 2010 but down 3% in Hackney and 6% in Newham.

Following concern that crime in Tower Hamlets has jumped 9% since 2010, Labour analysis of Metropolitan police figures has shown that the neighbouring East London boroughs of Newham and Hackney have actually seen reductions in crime over the same timescale.

Police data for reportable offences showed that crime in neighbouring Newham was down 6% and in Hackney down 3%. Both neighbouring councils are controlled Labour who have said that the current Mayor of Tower Hamlets is ‘complacent about crime’.

Labour argue that with a strong Mayor working with the police and others to prioritise tackling anti-social behaviour and crime Tower Hamlets would be better placed to see the same kind of results as other neighbouring Labour authorities. The opposition politicians are currently undertaking widespread consultation with residents about the crime challenges in their area.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:

“It is unclear why crime in Tower Hamlets has rocketed by 9% when our neighbours have seen drops in crime of 3% and 6%. Whilst this is a complex area, the current Mayor’s complacency on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in our borough is very worrying.”

“Labour boroughs in East London have shown that by working in partnership with the police they can make serious progress on reducing crime.”

Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“It is disappointing that while the Mayor seems to spend a lot of his time being photographed with police officers,  Tower Hamlets has seen crime rise. It is actually a scandal that we are the only East End borough where it has risen. He needs to understand that leadership is not about getting your photo taken.”

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