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Police numbers fall by a fifth in East End, London Assembly told

PUBLISHED: 13:24 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:30 11 February 2014

John Biggs at Stepney's Ocean Estate in east London

John Biggs at Stepney's Ocean Estate in east London

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Police numbers have fallen in London’s East End by a fifth in four years, new figures reveal this week.

The Met’s Tower Hamlets division has lost 172 officers since 2010, a fall of 21 per cent, and 84 Community Support officers.

The figures are part of an overall fall in numbers across London showing the Met losing 3,000 officers, now down to just 30,000 PCs.

Opposition members on the London Assembly, which holds its annual budget session on Friday, have accused Boris Johnson of breaking a pledge to keep numbers at 32,000.

The Assembly’s budget chairman, Labour’s John Biggs, who represents east London at City Hall, has put forward an amendment to the Mayor’s proposed spending for 2014-15 which includes recruiting 1,185 support officers and an extra 250 Transport Pcs.

“We’ve seen the erosion of policing in Tower Hamlets and across London on Boris Johnson’s watch,” he said.

“The Mayor has cut numbers and halved the Community Support officers which made up the bulk of our local neighbourhood teams.

“He needs to stand up for Londoners and get a better deal from the government.”

His ammendment being debated on Friday would dip in to the Mayor’s funds to help plug the gap caused by the government’s 20 per cent cuts in policing.


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