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Catalytic converter theft has soared to worryingly high rates

The London Assembly Liberal Democrat Group has obtained figures showing soaring rates of catalytic converter theft across London, with Barnet and Hillingdon the worst afflicted boroughs.

Group leader Caroline Pidgeon said:

“A crime that hardly existed in 2017 soared in 2019 and remains at worryingly high levels across much of London, with gangs most recently targeting cars in Barnet, Enfield, Ealing and Hillingdon.

The Met Police culture review must deal with homophobia, sexism and racism

Caroline Pidgeon has called for the review into culture and standards in the Met to specifically include a commitment to look at homophobia, sexism and racism in the service.

Caroline has written to Baroness Louise Casey urging her to update the working terms of reference for her review into culture and standards in the Met, to ensure that the issues of homophobia, sexism and racism in the service are specifically included.

Caroline said:

Mayor’s priorities for policing are vague, lacking in detail and don't address falling public confidence

The Mayor of London needs to step up with far more ambitious plans for policing in the capital, is the key message he has been sent by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, in her detailed submission responding to the Draft Police and Crime Plan for the capital from 2022 to 2025.

In her submission to the legally required consultation Caroline Pidgeon, a long standing member of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, set out the following key areas where the Mayor needs to step up:

Alleged Covid regulation breaches at Conservative HQ must be investigated

London Assembly Lib Dem leader Caroline Pidgeon has joined the Labour and Green group leaders in writing to Cressida Dick, asking for an investigation into reports of a party at Tory HQ in December 2020, when London was under Tier 2 restrictions.

Caroline said:

It's essential all those who breach the rules are held to account, not least those of us who are in public life and should be setting an example.

The Met needs to take immediate action to restore the trust of the LGBTQ+ community

Caroline Pidgeon has written to Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner, asking what immediate action will be taken following the Port Inquest.

Caroline said:

London’s LGBTQ+ community feel failed by the Met and it is essential that the Met take immediate and bold action to try and repair confidence and trust.

The Met must investigate the alleged COVID rule breaches at Downing Street

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner regarding the alleged COVID-19 breaches at 10 Downing Street late last year.

Caroline wrote:

"Many Londoners working on the COVID-19 frontline, in our shops and on our transport network have put themselves at risk over the last 20 months, including during last Christmas, and they will share my dismay at these alleged breaches, as will all those who did the right thing and cancelled plans last Christmas.


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