Mayor's policing plan unveiled

Plans to base police officers in coffee shops and supermarkets have been dropped, as the Mayor confirmed his plan for policing in the capital.

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"Costa Coffee" police stations dropped

Plans to base police officers in coffee shops and supermarkets were dropped today - as the Mayor confirmed his plan for policing in the capital.

The so-called "Costa Coffee" model has been ditched, following a public outcry.

But another controversial proposal is going ahead - the closure of 63 police station front counters.Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

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Influential Britons view Boris Johnson far more positively than the leaders of the three main political parties, according to a new YouGov poll.

The findings come from a monthly survey of UK opinion formers, drawn from politics, business, media, academia, non-governmental organisations and the public sector.

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Labour: Mayor's policing plan "extremely disingenuous"

File photo of Joanne McCartney, pictured with former Mayor Ken Livingstone Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Labour Police and Crime Spokesperson said:

“We welcome some changes made by the Mayor, such as prioritising sexual assaults and serious youth violence, after we raised concerns with him. However, today we have further evidence that the Mayor and government’s police cuts are too far, too fast and are hitting the frontline.

"Londoners will lose nearly half of their police stations and, contrary to Boris’ claim, 17 of London’s 32 boroughs will see a reduction in the number of police officers they have. For Boris to continue claiming that every borough will see an increase is extremely disingenuous.

"He is peddling his tired old line that his plan won’t cut frontline police services. It’s time he was honest with Londoners and tells them he failed to get a good deal from government and now we are paying the price.

“Since 2010 we have lost 2,208 police officers and 1,778 PCSOs in London, the Mayor states a key aim is to have at or around 32,000 police officers, he has repeatedly failed to deliver on this promise.

"He also told us that all police stations closed down would receive like-for-like replacements, today’s announcement shows that isn’t the case."

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Mayor's figures 'mislead Londoners'

Jenny Jones accuses the Mayor of miselading Londoners Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The Deputy Mayor Jenny Jones has accused Boris Johnson of misleading Londoners by adjusting police figures.

The Green Party member says the real increase in police numbers is 272, not the 1,182 claimed by the Mayor's office.

She claims figures given to the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee show the Metropolitan Police Service adjusted the original budget police officer numbers down from 19,013 to 18,103 in order to take account of those services being delivered centrally.

This meant a reduction of 910 posts. Based on resource modelling the Met predict the target number of police officers working in Neighbourhood policing to be 19,285.

She says: "Londoners deserve openness and transparency, instead they have been misled by a Mayor who wants to spin the stats to create a rosy picture. People do not have a clear idea of what this Plan will do to the frontline.

"We are still in the dark about these new contact points which are supposed to replace front counters and police stations... The Mayor should run a second stage of the consultation providing Londoners will all the information they need in order to properly take part."

Mayor unveils policing plan

Boris Johnson joins beat officers on the streets of Dalston as he unveils his Police and Crime Plan Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is joining members of the Dalston Safer Neighbourhood Team on their local beat to launch the Mayors Police and Crime Plan.

The plan, drawn up by the Mayors Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) following an extensive public consultation, sets out the future for neighbourhood policing in the capital and the Mayor's crime prevention strategies for the next four years.