What would you ask the Chief Inspector about policing in Islington – live web chat today 7-9pm on this site

There's a unique chance to chat with Chief Inspector Claire Clark and local Sergeant Michael Atkinson this evening between 7 and 9 – i'll be chairing it.  Just come to the www.kingscrossenvironment.com website and type away in the 'cover it live' chat window that will be there.  Or just come and watch other people ask questions.

There's a huge list of things we could cover – everything is on the table unless it prejudices a current investigation, risks contempt of court or puts someone in danger.

We could cover everything from minor but distressing crimes like phone and bike theft through to traic murders and the baleful often unspoken influence of serious organised crime in Kings Cross.  The Met has just concluded its Safer Neighbourhoods Review which could lead to fewer Sergeants in neighbourhood teams – will be great to hear what is happening there.

See you this evening.  If you can't make it email me a question and i'll ask it for you. 

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to What would you ask the Chief Inspector about policing in Islington – live web chat today 7-9pm on this site

  1. Albert Beale says:

    Albert Beale
    5 Caledonian Rd
    London N1
    (020-7278 4474)

    I doubt that I’ll be able to join in the live event tonight – so please could I pose my question about policing in Islington here – thanks.

    My query:

    I move around the Kings Cross area of Islington every day, mostly on foot and by bike, sometimes by bus. Every single day I am delayed, poisoned and terrorised by selfish, antisocial (and frequently illegal) behaviour by motorists. Driving whilst using a mobile phone is rife; drivers moving off the moment that traffic lights change, irrespective of whether or not there are slow-moving people who haven’t yet got clear of the junction or crossing, is standard [the phasing of almost all lights in Kings Cross needs to be much slower, to allow for this]; many drivers are clearly breaching noise and/or emission regulations; vehicles – especially (but not only) motorcyclists – ignore the areas reserved by advanced stop lines for cyclists; vehicles routinely block bus stops and bus lanes; a large proportion of motorists jump lights and/or drive dangerously fast; etc etc etc. In nearly 40 years around Kings Cross, I have only seen police bothering to do anything about any of this on a handful of occasions. In fact it’s so rare, that if I ever do see active policing of bad behaviour by motorists I ring up friends to remark upon it.

    In terms of the cumulative effect on me of this dangerous and illegal behaviour, the continuous, every-day, physical and psychological ill effects I suffer from motor traffic far outweighs all the problems of all other crimes I do or might suffer put together. If I had to choose between the police acting to save me from motorists every day, or acting to try to save me from a once-in-a-blue-moon burglary or fraud or whatever, I’d choose the former any day.

    I’ve had several instances over the years of being knocked off my bike by motorists undertaking a multiply illegal manoeuvre, with witnesses and so on, and – presumably because I wasn’t badly enough hurt – the police have never been interested in pursuing it.

    When there is one area of activity which causes such a large proportion of the damage and misery experienced in many of our lives, why does it seem to be this one area of human activity which is immune from legal sanction? It should be at the top of police priorities, not – as it seems to be – at the bottom. And clamping down heavily on bad behaviour by motorists would no doubt, by making all our lives calmer and healthier and more peaceful, lead indirectly to improvements in other aspects of life too.

    Thanks for dealing with this question.

    Albert Beale

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