Top cop under fire over Met Police station cuts in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets borough commander Dave Stringer

Tower Hamlets borough commander Dave Stringer - Credit: Archant

The top cop in London’s East End is being quizzed in public over threats to close half the police stations in the Met’s Tower Hamlets division.

Opposition councillors are urging householders to put their concerns directly to police borough commander Dave Stringer at a Town Hall public Question Time next Thursday, June 13.

Labour is calling on households to use the meeting to protest against the threat to shut police stations at Bow Road in Bow, Chrisp Street in Poplar and Manchester Road on the Isle of Dogs—with Limehouse being reduced to daytime only from the current 24 hours.

Their public safety spokesman Mizan Chaudhury said: “These cuts would see the number of police stations in the East End halved.

“This is a chance to stand up and protest—so I urge anyone affected by the closures to raise their concerns with the borough commander himself.”

The cuts are part of a review of the Met Police budget which are being challenged on the London Assembly by John Biggs, whose east London constituency includes both Tower Hamlets and neighbouring Newham which is also facing similar closures.