Wes Streeting, Ilford North’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate, challenged the Metropolitian Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to do more to tackle crime affecting young people at a public meeting in Ilford.
Wes raised concerns from the Redbridge Youth Council that too many young people are being mugged and intimidated on the way to and from school. He also expressed concern about the number of girls and young women who are victims of sexual harassment on our streets.
Wes Streeting said: “I was pleased to be able to raise these important issues directly with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Young people and their parents should be able to have confidence that the journey to and from school will be safe. Too many are victims of crime and don’t even report it to the Police because they have little confidence their concerns will be address.
“I also want to see the Police doing more work with schools to tackle sexism and sexual harassment. I am continually taken aback by the number of young women who tell me that they get cat-called, wolf-whistled and even groped on our streets. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and shouldn’t be happening to our sisters and daughters.”