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Limehouse police station: Can we trust Tories to keep us safe?

PUBLISHED: 08:23 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I AM astonished by the brazen dishonesty of local and City Hall Tories about the future of Limehouse police station in East London (Letters, Advertiser website). It would be good if they gave some attention to the East End other than during local by-elections. But I guess that’s what we must expect from them

Dear Editor,

I AM astonished by the brazen dishonesty of local and City Hall Tories about the future of Limehouse police station in East London(Letters, Advertiser website).

It would be good if they gave some attention to the East End other than during local by-elections. But I guess that's what we must expect from them.

The truth is that Limehouse police station has for several years been recognised as unfit for its modern needs. Much of it is an old accommodation block with small, pokey and inadequate offices, and it is not fully accessible.

Sooner or later it needs to come down-that remains the case. The tricky question is how to replace it with one or more new buildings, including a new similar-size police station to serve the Limehouse area and the wider needs of Tower Hamlets.

Nobody was ever suggesting it close without replacement, not least because there would be nowhere for the police using it to go to, but also because people would lose their service.

Contrary to what the various Tory boys say, the police station would not have closed under Labour without being replaced with an accessible new station. And contrary to what they now say, they now control City Hall and it is their decision what happens to the station.

The consultation they talk about was started when Ken Livingstone was still at City Hall. It is their job now to finish it and to provide the East End with a decent police service.

Under Labour, we massively increased police spending in London. Can we trust the Tories to keep us safe now, with a growing track record of misinformation, and a recent commitment to cutting police numbers after years of building them up under Labour?

John Biggs

Member for City and East

London Assembly

City Hall

The Queen's Walk


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