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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As we are approaching Christmas, I have asked our police chiefs to focus more resources on tackling burglaries. Even though the police are stretched with budgets and officers cut, they are still responding as best as they can.

Last week, Operation Celtic began in Redbridge. Late-night patrols are taking place across the borough to target anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

Many of these patrols will be undertaken by plain clothes officers in unmarked cars. As officers step up patrols, they will also be targeting prolific offenders so that any potential crime they are seeking to commit is deterred.

I am asking residents to support us in making Redbridge safe by reporting suspicious behaviour to 101. If you are witnessing a crime taking place, you can call 999.

It is sometimes quicker to report anti-social behaviour online:
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Two weeks ago, I announced a new biodiverse woodland in Seven Kings Park. Many residents showed a keen interest in participating in planting the new trees and plants.

Please click the link below to find out how you can get involved. It would be great to see you there!’m really pleased to be able to share some exciting news on Seven Kings Park.

Our Council has partnered with Trees for Cities to plant a brand new biodiverse woodland just to the north of Seven Kings Park. The new woodland will include Alder, Hornbeam, Walnut and Oak trees and we will begin planting next week to coincide with National Tree Week.

As the trees grow they will not only create a beautiful woodland for local people to enjoy, but they will also help clean the air and create a natural environment to support habitats and food for urban wildlife, like hedgehogs and bats.

Trees for Cities is the only charity of its kind working nationally and internationally to plant trees in cities to improve lives and cultivate lasting change in neighbourhoods.

The charity has been working with Redbridge Council for several years forming a partnership that has led to a number of successful environmental initiatives including new woodlands and orchards in Goodmayes, Hainault, Woodford and Roding Valley, and new trees for South Park, Loxford Park and Barley Lane.

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20 years ago today, our entire nation was shocked by the senseless killing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor. As we remember him today and share his family's grief, we need to reaffirm our commitment to ridding our society of youth violence and knife crime.

"Damilola had ambition, he wanted to change the world. After 20 years, this is how I would like him to be remembered, as a boy of hope. Our boy of hope.” Richard Taylor OBE reflects on the legacy of his son:

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At full council tonight I announced further details on our council's plans to renovate the Woodford Green Library.

We'll soon be consulting with local people on plans to open a brand new gym alongside the revitalized library.

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