Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls on Home Secretary T

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson demands the Government toughen up on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Instead of protecting victims, Home Secretary Theresa May plans to water down Asbos so that someone who keeps ignoring police warnings, court orders and injunctions to stop terrorising the local area will no longer be guilty of a crime.

The Tory-Lib Dem Government plans to introduce the Community Trigger, which gives people the right to demand that police deal with anti-social behaviour if an incident is reported by at least five people or any three complaints by the same person.

But victims who complain three times will only have the right to a review, and this is just the minimum requirement with the authorities able to wait much longer before taking further action if they choose to. The statistics from the Government’s own pilot scheme in Manchester, Brighton and Richmond show that of 44,011 anti-social behaviour incidents, the Trigger was only successfully activated 13 times.

They are also making it harder to use CCTV cameras by introducing more red tape at a cost of £14million – money that could have been used to pay for 400 extra police officers.

Bill Esterson said: "On top of big cuts to neighbourhood police, the Tories and Lib Dems now want to weaken police powers to fight anti-social behaviour. They need to rethink these policies as we need stronger action against crime instead of their weak approach.

"Their plans don’t offer proper support for victims of repeated harassment and there are too many loopholes to let ­offenders off without proper punishment if police resources are tight.

"People in Sefton Central want to know that if they are a victim of crime, or if they are being regularly harassed by yobs on their street, that the police will have the power to act as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"This all goes to show that the Tories simply don’t understand the strains and pressures some of our communities are under."

Bill this week also asked the Home Secretary to listen to the concerns of the Police Federation, who are warning that Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts are dangerous.

Bill said: "The Police Federation have told me, and they have told the Government, that the cuts that have been imposed on our force here in Merseyside by the Tories and Lib Dems are dangerous.

"Over the last decade, Merseyside Police has taken great strides in combating crime rates.

"The Police Federation feel that it is inevitable that crime and disorder across Merseyside will rise turning round the continuous reduction that has been witnessed in recent years.

"Officers I have spoken to warn that the cuts are dangerous and will lead to a rise in crime.

"This government needs to know the damage it is doing to policing in Merseyside and the result will not just be a rise in crime, but an increase in the fear of crime in our communities.

"I am working with the Police Federation and the rest of my Merseyside colleagues in Parliament to put pressure on the government to reverse its damaging and dangerous policing policies.

"Theresa May and the rest of the Government needs to listen to the Police Federation's concerns and reverse its policy of cuts to our police force."



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