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Police Meeting

Devastating Government cuts to our police have resulted in a loss of almost 20,000 officers nationally since 2010. It's no wonder hundreds of Mitcham residents turned out to Siobhain's community meeting about the problems of antisocial behaviour and street drinking in Mitcham Town Centre.

Siobhain shares the frustration of many residents that this longstanding problem has not been resolved and thinks that it is extremely important that it is urgently tackled.

The police who attended the community meeting were staggered at the turnout and London's Deputy Mayor for Policing described it as one of the largest public meetings that she has seen.

The meeting has led to a number of results:

  • All of the CCTV cameras have been checked and are working, with all of the trees and bushes that could have prevented them from operating effectively now cut back.
  • Merton Council's contractors 'Kingdom' are now issuing penalty charge notices to street drinkers.
  • Betfred have introduced a temporary security guard.

Nevertheless, though all of the above is progress, we all know that we need more police on our streets. Siobhain believes that more visible policing is needed in Mitcham to reduce the level of crime and to make the community feel safer. If you agree with Siobhain, please consider signing her petition by emailing her at with the subject line 'Bobbies on the Beat'.