MP Jon Cruddas, who described the travellers’ presence as “a real danger” to the community said he was pleased that the situation had been resolved amicably by the police and the council.
“Moving forward we need to ensure that stronger sanctions are in place to deal with potentially dangerous situations in a much more timely manner,” he said.
“The recent incident was allowed to escalate over the course of a week, which led to tension in the local community.
“I will be discussing how we can best deal with similar situations in the future, and will also be looking at what preventative measures could be established in the borough.”
Oh, my, surely not those noble souls in the much-maligned Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travelling Society?! What could have gotten into Cruddas that he could say such a thing?
In a response, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Saima Ashraf, said she was “surprised by his comments”, adding “our staff have been working actively to deal with the situation”.
“Clearly we have to work within the law but would, of course, welcome anything the MP could do in Parliament to strengthen the powers available to the Council.”
Oh, don’t be silly! He’s not going to do anything of the sort! He’s merely posturing for the Low Information Voter, of which Barking & Dagenham clearly has more than its fair share…