The London Mayor's plan to close Ealing and Southall police stations is totally unacceptable. Ealing and Southall are busy areas and will become busier with the coming of Crossrail. 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 both Ealing and Southall police stations. Now the buildings are under threat. There are no plans to keep police stations in central Ealing or in Southall.
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 Democrat campaigner, 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.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council and Metropolitan Police.