Emergency response performances plummet under Mayor’s Pathfinders trial

Five trial boroughs are now worst performing in London Barking and Dagenham performance drops almost 30 per cent Pathfinders merger scheme started in April and could be rolled out across London   Police emergency response times have dramatically worsened in five boroughs merged under a trial conducted by the Mayor of London, latest figures show. Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Camden and Islington are now…

Police station closures increase journey times 400%

West London: Journeys to police stations could increase 400 per cent after closures, research shows Residents of Hammersmith, Kensington and Westminster face long walks under proposed closures Some journey times increase by 400% Fears over impact on vulnerable and less mobile Residents in areas of west London could see a 400 per cent increase in the distance to their nearest police station under closures proposed…

London’s emergency services struggling to comply with Mayor’s earlier ULEZ deadline

– Fire, ambulance and police services all say they will be affected by 2019 implementation – Met needs to replace 82 per cent of its fleet – all of its diesel vehicles – Fire brigade faced with paying daily charge on 52 non-compliant vehicles if deadline is brought forward – Ambulance service says it will have to bring forward vehicle replacement timeline London’s emergency services…

Mayor ditches police numbers target weeks after raising council tax

– Removes £38million from Met’s police officer staffing budget Responding to the Mayor’s decision to cut £38million from the Met’s recruitment budget, London Assembly member Gareth Bacon said: “Even for a Mayor who has rowed back on almost all of his major pre-election pledges, this is an astonishing development. “Just three weeks ago Sadiq Khan announced he was raising council tax in order to maintain…

Mayor’s terrorism review has serious ‘lack of focus’

On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said: “Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus. “Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers. “We appreciate detail but…

Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee. Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual. The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit…

Just two drivers caught smoking in cars with children since ban

– Figures in first nine months ‘show ban is unenforceable’, says London Assembly member Just two drivers in London have been caught smoking in their car with a child since an England-wide ban was introduced last year, new figures show. The legislation was hailed as a ‘tremendous victory’ by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) when it came into force on October 1, despite critics claiming…

Police car crashes on the increase in London

Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show. There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14. In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing…

Better reporting needed to eradicate FGM in London

– Mayor challenged to act after ‘appalling’ number of cases in capital Social workers, medical professionals and teachers need to help identify young girls at risk of FGM after an ‘appalling’ number of the crimes were reported in London. Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be challenging Boris Johnson to take decisive action after it was reported that London accounted for more than half the number…