Robert Halfon MP welcomes Prime Minister to Harlow in campaign against anti-social behaviour

Politics / Sun 18th Feb 2024 at 07:58pm

MEMBER of Parliament, Robert Halfon, welcomed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Harlow today as part of his long-running campaign to make our streets safer. Alongside Essex Police Commissioner, Roger Hirst, Mr Halfon and the Prime Minister met with police officers in Harlow to hear how anti-social behaviour has fallen by almost 32% in the last 12 months.

The Prime Minister’s visit comes as the Government invests £66 million in police forces across the country to increase patrols and tackle anti-social behaviour. This is on top of the £1.2 million invested in Essex last year as a trailblazer project, resulting in anti-social behaviour across Harlow falling. Essex Police will receive at least a further £1 million to boost police patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots in areas like the town centre and The Stow.

The funding is provided by central government as part of their Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy and will continue to deliver high visibility police patrols, public engagement, targeted youth outreach and early intervention. Alongside the funding, greater police powers to conduct stop and searches, seize dangerous weapons and impose immediate justice penalties where offenders are made to rectify damage within 48 hours will help to stop anti-social behaviour and make our streets safer.
More broadly, crime in Harlow is falling. Official figures released in December 2023 show that overall crime in Harlow fell by 4.3% in the last 12 months, with violence against the person, domestic abuse and hate crime falling by 16.4%, 27.7% and 11.9% respectively.

Commenting on the hotspot police patrols, Mr Halfon said, “It was great to welcome Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Harlow this morning so he could see how our excellent Harlow police officers are putting a stop to anti-social behaviour through hotspot patrols.

“When I was re-elected in 2019, I pledged to make our streets safer. With 905 new police officers in Essex and 30 alone in Harlow since 2019, anti-social behaviour down by 31.6% and crime overall cut by 4.3%, our streets are getting safer and safer each day. However, there is more to be done and, working with Police Commissioner Roger Hirst, we will continue to step up patrols and grow our police force, tackling anti-social behaviour, toughening up sentences and penalties for offenders and delivering justice for victims.

“I would like to put on record my most sincere thanks to Chief Inspector Austin and all of the police officers and support staff at Essex Police in Harlow who work tirelessly to make our streets safer, protect our communities and bring offenders to justice.”

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5 Comments for Robert Halfon MP welcomes Prime Minister to Harlow in campaign against anti-social behaviour:

2024-02-18 20:35:04

These figures are inaccurate and Do not reflect the truth of violent crime in Harlow. The people aren't idiots and know that there are more violent crimes reported than ever before. Just another desperate attempt by Halfon to hang onto his seat.

John Duggan
2024-02-19 01:45:33

Police need to be on the streets tackling or preventing real crime and ASB and stop focusing on stupid concocted woke so-called 'hate' crimes, using the wrong pronoun and other similar rubbish. You would expect a proper Conservative government to stop all this woke BS!

2024-02-19 08:26:36

Crime reduction? just ask the people of the Stow what they think! Stabbings up! Vehicles stolen! unsocial motorcycle riding! Drug dealing! Alcohol drinking in on cycle paths the list goes on! Then I guess if you live in an area that due to the state of the roads and up keep you will get sadly unsocial behaviour! Its sad but true

2024-02-19 09:37:08

Rishi Sunak refused to talk to Your Harlow, and now there are 3 separate articles and pictures!! As for the waffle on crime stats the key word in reduced figures is "Reported"

Stephen Archer
2024-02-19 12:30:21

Good photo op for the Prime Minster dropping in by helicopter? with determined looking Mr Halfon showing how he's cracking down on crime. But what about the causes of crime, poor housing lack of opportunities, drugs, and how many more office blocks in Harlow such Terminus House and Templefields House are to be converted to take the poor and socially vulnerable people from places like Newham? Hasn't the government recently further relaxed planning rules allowing more conversions? Arriving by train as opposed to helicopter and walking through the park to the town centre is fine, until one emerges from the underpass and is met by a scene of semi dereliction and an obvious crime hot spot otherwise known as Market Square. I can't help thinking young professionals considering moving to Harlow with UKHSA would immediately be put off the idea.

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