Figures out yesterday show Tower Hamlets is the fifth least peaceful local authority in the country have been seized on by Labour councillors as further evidence against Boris Johnson’s plan to halve the number of police stations in the borough.
The UK Peace Index which was released by the Institute for Economics and Peace found that over the last decade the borough had an average homicide rate whichwas almost two-and-a half times the national average. The study also found that violent crime and public disorder was more than double the national average in Tower Hamlets.
Labour argue that Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plan to close half of the police stations in Tower Hamlets would damage the public’s ability to report crimes and decimate local neighbourhood policing. The plans also include proposals to drastically cut the number of officers assigned to neighbourhood policing teams from six to two.
Labour’s Spokesperson for a Safer Borough, Cllr Abdal Ullah, said:
“This report will be a shocking read for many residents but no matter what it says we know that as a community we are standing up to violent crime.
“The report makes clear that poverty as the factor most closely associated with violent crime, yet in one of the country’s most deprived boroughs Boris Johnson still wants to close half of the police stations. We will continue to oppose these cuts and urge the Mayor of London to think again.”