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Sep 11 2012

Gareth Says: Victory for ‘Save our Cells’ Campaign

Residents of Harrow and local MP Gareth Thomas have been campaigning against the closure of Harrow’s custody suites. Gareth launched the ‘Save our Cells’ campaign earlier this year after it emerged that the custody suites in Harrow would be closed.

Gareth has raised this issue on the floor of the House of Commons, tabled Parliamentary Questions to the Home Secretary, written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe and worked with Harrow Council to raise his concerns about the planned closure.

However, thanks to all the hard work from local residents who have signed petitions and the ongoing ‘Save our Cells’ campaign, it has now been revealed that the custody suites will remain open. This is fantastic news for Harrow, as it means that police officers can continue to focus their efforts and attention to keeping Harrow safe, as opposed to transporting criminals to other custody suites outside the borough.

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West is delighted with the news, commenting that: “It is the right decision for a number of reasons. The residents in Harrow would have been stripped of their police officers, who would have been spending their time running a taxi service for criminals. I am relieved that this decision has been made in favour of keeping the custody suites and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents who signed petitions and joined in with demonstrations. I am sure that your determination was a factor in the decision to Save our Cells!”

Source: Gareth Thomas

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