Today I met with Chief Inspector Neil Billany, of Edmonton Metropolitan Police to talk about the unprecedented rise of violent crime in my constituency.
There have been 5 stabbings of young people in Enfield over the past week. Just last week an Edmonton Green Stallholder told me he had a knife held to his throat for challenging a shoplifting customer. In broad daylight. In a busy market area.
These stabbings demonstrate the reality of what is happening in Edmonton today. With almost daily reports of stabbings and shootings in Enfield and Haringey, it is imperative that effective, comprehensive and long-term measures are put in place to deal with crime at all levels. Increasing police budgets is simply not enough.
There are a lot of good people in our community and Neil Billany is determined the police do their best for them.
Adopting a multi-agency approach in local and neighbouring boroughs is crucial to crime prevention. Edmonton Police are already engaging with secondary school children, and want to interact with all school children on a face-to-face basis. Community confidence in our local police is vital.
I will be holding regular meetings with Neil Billany and the new Enfield & Haringey Borough Commander, Helen Millichap, and will be keeping my constituents fully informed of developments.