On Friday 27th January Ruth Cadbury MP joined local neighborhood policing teams and the Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson for a ‘walk and talk’ event around Hounslow Town Centre.
During this walk Ruth and the local police officers met local residents and businesses to hear their concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and other important issues locally.
Speaking afterwards Ruth said,
‘‘I was really pleased to be able to join police officers and have a chance to speak to residents and businesses about local crime.
‘‘It was reassuring to hear that the new dedicated Town Centre Police team, that I campaigned for, is now making a real difference. Several people told me there is now less crime and anti-social behaviour in and around Hounslow High Street. However people I met also raised concerns about fly-tipping and poor lighting in some places away from the High Street.
‘‘I know people locally want to see more traditional neighbourhood policing on our streets and I greatly welcome the recent announcement by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan that he would recruit 500 extra police community support officers across London. During my walk I was also pleased to be able to listen to the officers and hear about their work locally to keep us safe.
‘‘I will continue to work with the police and the council to ensure that more is done to tackle crime across Hounslow Borough and to ensure that residents feel safe when they’re out and about locally. I also know that it is crucial that we invest in proper youth services and support to ensure young people don’t get dragged into and exploited by criminal gangs.’’