Merging Islington and Camden police ‘has caused problems’, admits Met deputy commissioner

PUBLISHED: 18:16 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 11 July 2017

A file image of the Met's deputy commissioner Craig Mackey. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A file image of the Met's deputy commissioner Craig Mackey. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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The Met’s deputy commissioner has admitted there have been problems merging Islington and Camden’s police teams.

The boroughs’ forces started sharing buildings, staff and services in January in a trial to modernise the Met.

But at a London assembly meeting on Thursday, deputy commissioner Craig Mackey accepted more needed to be done to address concerns over police reaction to complaints – including some about drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in Islington and its neighbour.

When Barnet and Camden assembly member Andrew Dismore questioned Sadiq Khan and Mr Mackey over further police station closures and borough mergers the Mayor admitted closures were being forced on him by the government’s underfunding of the Met and said there would be a consultation before further closures. On waiting times on the 101 service, the deputy commissioner also accepted more needed to be done.

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