Reclaiming our Streets

“Cuts to the police force endanger communities and endanger police officers too. A Labour government’s approach to policing crime will be different.”


Unprecedented cuts to our police have left officers unable to properly patrol the streets and keep us safe.”


“The government has already cut a huge £1bn from the police, resulting in the loss of 22,000 officers from London alone.”

Cuts to the police force endanger communities and endanger police officers too.

A Labour government’s approach to policing crime will be different. Labour will support the police and will provide officers, community support officers and civilian staff with the equipment and people they need to provide effective policing services.

Whilst Ilford grows at a rapid rate, police numbers have diminished back to 1985 levels.

To add insult to injury, we have lost most of our police stations, namely, Chadwell, in Ilford South and Barkingside, South Woodford and Wanstead across the borough, leaving us with just one Police station left for the whole of Redbridge.

I will work closely with our police teams and police commissioner to better support the vital work they do and fight for any local infrastructure they need – like spaces in our community hubs to change and rest between shifts.

I will work with a Labour government to hire 10,000 additional police officers to make our streets safe.

I will continue to champion investment into ANPR and CCTV cameras to crack down on crime across Ilford.

I will support council efforts to increase the number of uniformed Enforcement Officers patrolling the streets discouraging crime.

I will help foster neighbourhood watch schemes and support community groups.

A Labour government will ensure appropriate support is provided to victims of crime and introduce legislation for minimum standard entitlements to service from criminal justice agencies.

In my role as Leader of the Council, I have personally written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, asking her to reverse the cuts to police budgets and visit Ilford to witness first-hand the impact of crime on our residents.

The Labour Council have also made contact with the Mayor of London’s deputy mayor of policing to request what extra resources they can deploy in our borough to catch criminals.

Once in government, Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats, equivalent to at least one more for every neighbourhood in the country.

We will ensure appropriate support is provided to victims of crime and introduce legislation for minimum standard entitlements to service from criminal justice agencies.

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This is disgusting behaviour and it is right that youths and their parents will be prosecuted.

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Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council

Today our fantastic refuse workers were out bright and early working hard for all residents.

This has not been an easy time for our staff who've had to work harder and for longer hours to cover those who are unwell or self-isolating.

I am so proud of Cllr John Howard and his team for pulling through in this difficult time. Thank you for everything.

If you see members of our cleansing team, please feel free to say hi and thank you (from a distance)!

Photo: August 2019
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This time three years ago, the Council-funded Operation Parish saw 11 drug dealers being sentenced to prison for a total of 28 years. We'll continue to keep the pressure up on crime and antisocial behaviour in Ilford. ... See MoreSee Less

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Enforcement Officers & Redbridge Police will be patrolling Redbridge parks & high streets to make sure:

1) Social distancing takes place

2) Non-essential businesses are closed

3) Price hiking is stopped

🛑 Follow the rules OR parks will close 🛑

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We have had to make the difficult decision to pause our separate recycling service. This is to ensure we can still collect household waste & protect our staff

Your recycling will still be collected with your household waste, so please put it in black bin bags or in your wheelie bin if you have one.

Please bear with us, these are exceptional circumstances and the usual service will resume as soon as possible.

You can find out more about the changes to services we are having to make because of the impact of Coronavirus here -

We have also produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the changes to waste services -
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