Andrew Rosindell M.P. has issued a statement on the stabbings that took place in Romford last night, following a sequence of occurrences across the borough in recent months:
"It is deeply worrying to hear about yet another violent incident in our community. I am shocked and appalled by the stabbing attack at ‘Popeye's’ in South Street, Romford, last night, which has left three teenagers injured. My thoughts are with the victims and their families, but my priority will be to make Romford safe for all local people.
It is unacceptable that violent crime continues to plague our streets, last week in Ardleigh Green, and this week in Romford town centre. Action must be taken to address this issue. The local community deserves to feel safe, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that our streets are free from violence and crime.
Havering is starved of adequate Policing. We are simply not given the support our town borough needs to keep our streets safe. The government have recruited thousands more Police, but it is the Mayor of London who is ultimately responsible for policing in ‘Greater London’ and we in Havering are never prioritised.
I call on the Mayor of London to act immediately to increase the number of Police officers on our streets in Havering and provide them with the resources they need to do their job effectively. This will enable them to proactively identify and tackle the root causes of violent crime and ensure that those who perpetrate such heinous acts are brought to justice.
We cannot allow violent crime to become a regular occurrence in our town. Decisive action now to ensure that our community is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. We must stand united in the fight against violent crime and make our town a safer place for all its residents and visitors."