Crime down in The Royal Parks

Parks chief inspector Simon Davis says crime across the Royal Parks is down by 13% on last year. That means about 140 fewer victims of crime in the year to March 2014 than in the previous year – on a day when newspapers are reporting falls in violent crime across the country. The Cannabis 420 illegal event on April 20th had involved some arrests but the organisers are now ready to engage with police, which bodes well for next year.
There are some dark warnings about planned cuts in park police numbers. However, at today’s meeting of local residents and other stakeholders, the Royal Park’s chief executive Linda Lennon said she was already making the case to the Home Office and GLA that the parks need proper policing – especially as tourist numbers are rising. She also assured us that she is trying to keep events to the minimum necessary consistent with raising the £18m+ that TRP has to generate. The parks receive about 5,000 requests a year for events, and find it hard to say no to those that count as public protest. Be warned – there is a TUC rally planned for Saturday October 18. I’ll post the latest events timetable as soon as I get it.