Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett has raised his grave concerns about law and order issues after a number of serious crimes locally, a reported shortage of prison places and serious crime figures nationally. The figures, released this week from the British Crime Survey, showed theft against the person was up 14%, vandalism up 11% and drug offences up 9% nationally.
Speaking to the Executive Committee of Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association on Thursday evening (25 January), Mr Evennett highlighted the growing problems of the Home Office, the Government’s failure in tackling crime and the Home Secretary’s recent letter to the courts pleading with them not to send convicted criminals to prison as evidence of “a Government that has failed on crime and has run out of ideas”.
Mr Evennett pointed to “recent serious crimes in Bexleyheath & Crayford” and raised the real local fears about serious crime in London as a whole, as well as the “continuing anger at the level of antisocial behaviour, vandalism, abuse and graffiti” which is now part of everyday life in the capital.
In addition, the shortage of prison places, the Government’s early release scheme and worsening national crime statistics are angering the law-abiding majority he stated.
Mr Evennett said “The Conservatives are offering real solutions to these problems. More police on the beat, less paperwork, building more prisons, less political correctness and an end to the Early Release Scheme will be the policies of the next Conservative Government”.
Mr Evennett will also be raising constituents’ concerns when he meets the new Borough Commander, Tony Dawson, early next month.
Notes To Editors
The British Crime Survey, released this week, showed national statistics from the first three quarters of 2006/7, April – December 2006.
Robbery – Up 1%
Theft Against The Person – Up 14%
Vandalism – Up 11%
Drug Offences – Up 9%
Chance of becoming a victim – Up 1% to 24%
Convictions – Less than 1% of all crimes
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