The London Mayor's plan to close Ealing Police Station is totally unacceptable. Ealing is a busy area and will become busier with the coming of the Elizabeth line. It is absurd to be left with just one police station at one end of the borough in Acton. Ealing Labour council is offering no alternatives while people's safety and communities are being put at risk.
We have already lost our counter service at Ealing Police Station. When the lease expires in 4 years there are no plans to keep a police station in central Ealing.
Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time patrolling the area close to the station as officers come and go for their breaks, at the beginning and end of their shift and when they have to secure their CS spray, a registered firearm arm which has to be locked in a designated place.
Jo Baldwin Trott, Liberal Democrats candidate for the Cleveland Ward, served as an officer for Avon and Somerset Police. 'In the area I policed in Bristol the crime rate significantly increased when the local police station closed. The fear of crime increased due to the reduced visibility of officers. The local criminals knew that the police would take longer to respond and took advantage of this.' Read Jo's longer piece on this issue here.
We the undersigned call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Government to keep Ealing and Southall police stations open and fund the service properly; and Ealing Council to stand up to the Mayor and the Government on this issue.