Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, is backing Labour’s call for action to tackle anti-social behaviour, as new analysis from the Labour Party shows a staggering 1.2 million incidents of nuisance are recorded in England and Wales every year – equating to over 20,000 incidents every single week.
In England and Wales, the percentage of people who say they never see a police officer has doubled since the Conservatives came to power from 25% in 2010/11 to 48% in 2019/20. Meanwhile, the proportion of people agreeing that the local crime and ASB issues that matter are being dealt with has fallen from 61% in 2012 to just 52% in 2020.
Labour believes that there has been a serious and growing failure under the UK Tory Government to use antisocial behaviour powers to keep communities in Ogmore safe, despite being in charge for 12 years, but Labour has a plan.
This includes new Police Hubs in crime and antisocial behaviour hotspots across the country to get the police back into the community, Neighbourhood Prevention Teams to bring together police, local councils and youth services to tackle the issue at the root, a major recruitment drive to increase the number of special constabularies and giving victims of persistent antisocial behaviour the same entitlements as other victims of crime, including access to support services.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“The UK Tory Government has a woeful record on reducing crime and punishing criminals. Overall crime has gone up by 14%, while prosecutions have fallen. The Conservatives have abandoned local communities such as Ogmore and shown no leadership on antisocial behaviour for a decade.
I am joining Labour in calling on the Government to halt plans for a Royal Yacht, which is being funded by taxpayers’ money and is something the Royal Family do not even want, and instead fund local Police Hubs in towns and communities across Ogmore.
Labour’s Police Hubs would bring together a Neighbourhood Prevention Team made up of police, community support officers, local authority staff and youth workers to tackle antisocial behaviour at the source. Our communities in Ogmore have been badly let down by the UK Tory Government, they deserve so much better to keep them safe.”