Tom Brake MP is working with the police to get a new Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) base opened at Wallington Fire Station.
This follows a public meeting on crime hosted by Tom last week in which police visibility, burglary and moped crime were raised as key concerns by local residents.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The current police base at Crosspoint House closed last week, forcing officers to travel over to Wallington from Sutton Police Station by public transport. This is not sustainable and it’s clear that a new location for an SNT base is needed.
"Wallington Fire Station fits the bill -- it’s open 24/7 and it’s logical to have two emergency services located in the same building. I have written to the London Fire Brigade, putting across a strong case for a joint base. I hope they respond positively."
Over sixty local residents attended Tom’s public meeting and put their questions to Inspector Phil Clifton, who oversees all of Sutton’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and Sergeant Josie Dudas, who covers Beddington and Wallington.
"It was reassuring to hear that Sutton is the safest borough in London, but important concerns were raised by residents, particularly about the rise in burglaries.
"What really stood out at the meeting was just how over-stretched and under-resourced the police are. Government cuts are taking their toll and forcing the police to abandon many aspects of community-based policing.
"That isn’t good enough. We need more officers on the street to keep Sutton the safest borough. I will continue to campaign for the £300 million of extra funding that our police desperately need."
Tom Brake's petition to stop police funding cuts and secure proper funding can be found here: www.tombrake.co.uk/police