MP CALLS FOR ACTION TO TACKLE MOPED AND OFF-ROAD BIKES CRIMES / GLA MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS MOPED-RELATED INCIDENTS AND ACID ATTACKS
MP Steve Reed has called for Croydon Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds in the Croydon North constituency.
Mr Reed has raised the issue locally after hearing from a number of constituents about the problems caused by off-road bikes, quads and mopeds which have been particularly involved in anti-social behaviour in the Thornton Heath, West Croydon and Selhurst areas of the constituency.
Local residents have been terrorised by riders on bikes that have often been stolen, with bike theft rising in recent years. Riders are often masked and riding without proper registration.
The police are able to seize bikes under anti-social behaviour legislation but Steve Reed called on the government to clarify that they were legally allowed to pursue bikes and mopeds as long as it is safe to do so.
He says: “The police have experienced brutal cuts over the last seven years and the loss of officers from the streets has had a direct impact on the rise in crime and antisocial behaviour.
“Too many local residents’ lives are being blighted by the disturbance some bike users have caused and Croydon police need the resources to be able to take action.
“They can only do the job properly with help from local residents, so if you have information on anyone who is behind this anti-social behaviour, please report to 101.
“As a local MP I see so much good work from our police, but it’s more and more difficult for them to get on with the job of protecting our streets when 20,000 officers have been cut in the last seven years, and budgets remain squeezed.
“Officers also need the power to pursue bikes legally where it is safe, but ministers have been dragging their feet on clarifying the law.
“It’s about time the Government gave them the resources and powers they need to keep our community safe”. (Source: Steve Reed MP website)
……AS GLA MEMBER STEVE O’CONNELL HIGHLIGHTS AND MOPED-RELATED INCIDENTS AND ACID ATTACKS
Steve O’Connell, Consevative GLA member for Croydon and Sutton, is urging the Mayor of London to host an emergency summit at City Hall in a bid to stem the rise in violent crimes on London’s street.
Moped-related offences more than doubled in 2016/17, with acid attacks on course to rise by 11 per cent in London by the end of this year.
The data, obtained by Mr O’Connell, who is the GLA Conservatives’ spokesman on policing and crime, show police recorded 11,596 moped-related incidents over the past year, compared with 5,047 in 2015/16.
294 acid attacks were recorded by the end of July making a projected total of 504 by the end of the year if the trend continues.
That would be an 11 per cent increase on 2016, when 454 incidents were recorded – almost double the number committed in 2015.
With knife crime also increasing by 24 per cent last year, Steve O’Connell is calling on the Mayor to host the emergency summit.
He said: “The Mayor needs to take the lead in tackling the growing number of violent crimes taking place on London’s streets. “He has been vocal about the Government needing to intervene but this is his city and it is happening on his watch.
“I would like to see him use his powers to co-ordinate an emergency summit of all relevant bodies, including the emergency services and youth-violence charities, to seek a way of bucking this worrying trend.
“Young people are being attacked and killed on London’s streets and something urgently needs to be done.” (Source: GLA Conservatives press release)