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Thousands sign Ardleigh Green woman’s petition for more police

Marie West Stone with a police officer at last week’s march in honour of Jodie Chesney.

A petition calling for more police on the streets has been signed by more than 5,000 people.  

Marie West Stone, 46, of Ardleigh Green, decided to take action after her 16-year-old son was mugged. 

“I’m hoping to get more police presence of our streets to make our community feel safer and for our children,” she said. 

“When you’re driving too fast in the car if you see a policeman you slow down. If a policeman could stop a potential mugging, knife crime or burglary with their presence then it might help our community and children be less vulnerable.” 

The petition blames cuts to police numbers and funding for the rise of crime in the area. 

It claims the area has become a “target” for drugs, knife crime and burglaries and calls for heavier sentences and fines to be enforced.

Marie started the petition four weeks ago and has been out collecting an additional 500 written signatures in person. 

She’s been distributing petitions to shops in Ardleigh Green, local schools and gyms. 

If it reaches 10,000, she wants to deliver it in person to politicians in London.

London Assembly member for Havering and Redbridge, Keith Prince, praised Marie for starting the campaign.

He said: “This petition goes to show that people across Havering and London as a whole are crying out for more bobbies on the beat. As the local Assembly Member, I am working hard to convince not only the Mayor but also the Government that more police officers are required to fight London’s crime epidemic.

“At City Hall my Conservative colleagues and I have put forward a fully-costed plan for how the Mayor could cut the waste, spin and bureaucracy and use the savings to put 1,378 police officers on London’s streets. It is clear that residents across Havering want more police officers, not press officers, so it is deeply disappointing that Sadiq Khan rejected our plans. Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and I made this point to the Deputy Mayor for Crime, Sophie Linden, when we met with her earlier today.”

You can view the online version of the petition here.

 

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