East London loses front-line officers

By Rob Virtue on September 20, 2011 5:40 PM |


Police cutbacks have seen officer numbers Tower Hamlets and Newham fall by nearly 100 in the last year.

London Assembly member for City and East John Biggs said the reduction showed hypocrisy from Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Biggs said: "The Mayor's cuts to police in east London undermine the fight against crime and should be reversed. He should think again about his own cuts - not just try to blame others.

"I think the hypocrisy of a Mayor who proposed two years ago to cut 455 police officers now saying he's against these cuts is clear for all to see."

The Metropolitan Police Authority released the figures which showed a drop in numbers of 63 in Tower Hamlets and 36 in Newham.