By Sam Wilson Ford
Greenwich has moved a step closer to reinstating a permanent police presence in Eltham after agreeing to find space for police teams in the town centre.
The announcement comes as a boost for Tory councillors, who have been campaigning on the issue for a number of years.
Eltham residents have been without a permanent police presence since the closure of Eltham police station in 2017.
The Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry said: “One of the things that struck me when I was speaking to officers at Eltham was that getting to Eltham is not a problem, but they have to go back to the police station to go to the toilet – that’s just ridiculous.
“What I want to do is have a series of places police officers can go within their local community because that is how you get a presence within the community.”
Cllr Charlie Davis, Deputy Leader of Greenwich Conservatives added: This is really welcome news – anti-social behaviour and crime are a major concern for residents here and committing to helping ensure a permanent police presence remains in the South of the Borough will help to address these concerns in a collaborative way.”
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