‘Deluded’ Sadiq Khan blames police cuts for terror SPIKE – ‘London is safe’

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan blamed police cuts for the difficulty in battling terrorism following the Parliament attack after he was called “deluded” for not taking terrorism “seriously enough”.

By AURORA BOSOTTI
Express.co.uk
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan claimed cuts to police funding has led to a loss of confidence within local communities, threatening the fight against terrorism.

Mr Khan responded to yesterday’s attempted terror attack on Westminster Palace suggesting Police cuts were reducing the confidence of the public to report suspicious activities.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Khan said: “Members of the public do respond not simply to the appeals but also to the confidence they have with the local bobby on the beat to provide intelligence.

“One of the reasons why I’ve been so passionate about arguing for the police to have their cuts reversed is because I know members of the public having confidence with their local police gives them the confidence to report things they find suspicious.”

“That’s why cutting the bobby on the beat, cutting community services, cutting police staff actually makes it more difficult for the Police to fight terrorism as well.”

Mr Khan, however, maintained London remains “one of the safest cities in the world” and locals should remain “calm.”

He continued: “I think we are one of the safest global cities in the world. I think people should be reassured by the Police response yesterday.

“Members of the public will see an increase to police presence in central London. We must all be calm but vigilant and never complacent.”

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