MP Gareth Thomas slams proposals to close Harrow custody suites

Harrow Times: MP Gareth Thomas slams proposals to close Harrow custody suites MP Gareth Thomas slams proposals to close Harrow custody suites

An MP has slammed police proposals to close custody suites in Harrow and merge them with Brent's.

The cells at Harrow Police Station, which are used 5,000 to 6,000 times a year, may be shut under the Metropolitan Police’s modernisation program.

This means that people arrested in the borough will be taken to a station in neighbouring Brent instead.

But Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, calls the proposals a “disaster”, because it means Harrow CID’s officers will spend more time out of the borough interviewing suspects.

He said: “There will be less officers in the streets of Harrow, which will weaken the capacity of how police respond to crime in the borough.

“It’s a huge waste of time to take officers out of Harrow and this will have a disastrous effect on crime rates, especially at a time we are trying to cut crime down.

“I’m really horrified about these proposals and sincerely hope they don’t materialise.”

“I estimate that Harrow will lose around 50 officers on the streets if the plans are to go ahead, and we can’t afford to lose them.”

A statement issued by the MPA said the proposals would make the “best use of MPS investment in larger modern facilities in neighbouring boroughs”.

It added: “These larger suites offer significant advantages over small Victorian facilities, that were not designed with modern policing in mind.

“As a consequence of this approach, it is intended that custody facilities in Brent will support Harrow.”

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11:34pm Wed 18 Apr 12

John BILLIET says...

Our local MP Gareth Thomas is to be congratulated for raising this latest example of cuts in service to Harrow.

First Brent get all the cash for expanding their schools Harrow get nothing. Now Brent get the custody cells and Harrow get nothing. I seem to remember that Harrow Magistrates Court was closed and yes we have to use Brent’s.

Our local Council already shares Trading Standards with Brent now they are going to share Legal Services with Barnet. We will soon live in the London Borough of Brentnet

I suggest that our local politicians put aside their party differences and get see that Harrow gets its fair share of investment by Government Agencies and a fair share of Government Funding. I worked for Harrow for 20 years and we never got our fair share of funding. Brent for whom I also worked had money thrown at them, which they were very successful at wasting

As regards investment in police Custody Cells I suggest that our local Borough Commander, Dal Babu,. stops wasting his time writing Blogs and rushing to support local committees and gets on with
a) dealing with crime
b) getting funding for police services
c) using his time to press Harrow’s case and spending less time telling everyone about the rather boring minutiae which seems to occupy his day.
Our local MP Gareth Thomas is to be congratulated for raising this latest example of cuts in service to Harrow. First Brent get all the cash for expanding their schools Harrow get nothing. Now Brent get the custody cells and Harrow get nothing. I seem to remember that Harrow Magistrates Court was closed and yes we have to use Brent’s. Our local Council already shares Trading Standards with Brent now they are going to share Legal Services with Barnet. We will soon live in the London Borough of Brentnet I suggest that our local politicians put aside their party differences and get see that Harrow gets its fair share of investment by Government Agencies and a fair share of Government Funding. I worked for Harrow for 20 years and we never got our fair share of funding. Brent for whom I also worked had money thrown at them, which they were very successful at wasting As regards investment in police Custody Cells I suggest that our local Borough Commander, Dal Babu,. stops wasting his time writing Blogs and rushing to support local committees and gets on with a) dealing with crime b) getting funding for police services c) using his time to press Harrow’s case and spending less time telling everyone about the rather boring minutiae which seems to occupy his day. John BILLIET

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