Croydon was hit hard by the riots in 2011. Gangs of looters and arsonists rampaged down London Road causing untold damage as they went. In the days afterwards the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson both promised action to protect our community. But instead, they’ve closed every single police station in Croydon North, failed to open the promised police shop front on the London Road, and left us with fewer police on the streets than when the Government was elected in 2010.
Steve has launched a campaign for 100 more police to bring Croydon up to the levels seen in other outer London boroughs. He filmed a special edition of Channel 4’s Political Slot to expose the Government’s failure to help Croydon’s riot victims. He has repeatedly raised the matter in Parliament including a special debate on riot victims, and has spoken out to oppose the Tory police cuts. Steve’s work has highlighted the fact that Croydon is being hit harder by police cuts than other London boroughs – despite the promises made by the Tories after the riots.
A full copy of Steve’s speech in Parliament can found here: