Rushanara Ali MP’s statement on health centre attack

Earlier today the police were called to an incident after three people were stabbed and injured at a health centre on St Stephen’s Road in Tower Hamlets.

Responding to the event, Rushanara Ali MP said:

“I am shocked and saddened by the news of this horrific attack. I want to thank the police and the emergency services for their swift response and tireless work. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and staff and patients at the surgery.

The increase in knife crime in Tower Hamlets is deeply concerning and has shocked the local community. Since 2010 it has gone up by 34 per cent - a consequence of funding cuts to police and other services.

Despite appeals to the Government, the police do not have the resources to deal with the rising levels of crime. Over 21,000 police officers, including over 200 officers in Tower Hamlets, have been cut since 2010 and this is seriously damaging public safety. Our police force desperately needs resources to carry out preventative work in our communities and to catch those who commit these appalling crimes.”


This incident was covered online by The Guardian and The Telegraph

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