East End’s new police chief being quizzed by public tonight

PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:55 09 June 2015

Public 'Question Time' for police

Public 'Question Time' for police


The new police borough commander for London’s East End is being questioned by a neighhood board set up to make the Met’s local police chiefs more accountable like questioning sessions at City Hall.

Public meeting at Alpha Grove centre, Isle of DogsPublic meeting at Alpha Grove centre, Isle of Dogs

Chief Superintendent Andy Ewing is in the hot seat at the first Question Time being held by Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Board.

Questions are being fired at the police chief by the public direct at Millwall’s Alpha Grove centre in Alpha Grove, on the Isle of Dogs.

“Residents get to hear how we are holding the police to account,” the board’s independent chair Fokrul Hoque said. “It’s an opportunity to put concerns to the most senior officers of the police and council on public safety issues.”

Also taking questions from the public is Tower Hamlets council’s Head of Community Safety, Andy Bamber.

The Neighbourhood Board was set up last summer as part of the Mayor of London’s plans for boroughs to be more accountable with the community on crime and policing, on the lines of City Hall’s weekly Mayor’s Question Time.

Tonight’s meeting from 6.30pm is for residents to meet the Met Police, the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, local police ward panels made up of residents and neighbourhood police teams, Neighbourhood Watch and Town Hall chiefs.

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