A SOAS University of London professor who was savagely beaten during a break-in at this home in Wimbledon has today launched a legal challenge over the Mayor's plans to close police stations. Paul Kohler says his life was saved in 2014 by local officers who rescued him after the attack. His nearby station is one of at least 37 that Sadiq Khan has earmarked for closure to save millions of pounds. Mr Kohler is crowdfunding a judicial review into the process - to make sure all options are considered.
In response, a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said:
“These closures are the result of Government cuts since 2010, which mean police officer numbers in London are falling, and have left the Mayor with no choice in order to save an additional £8m a year – equivalent to the cost of 140 police constables – and protect the frontline of policing.
“The decision follows a full and robust public consultation, with a dedicated meeting on disability and published a full Equality Impact Assessment. Public meetings were held in every London borough. Responses were also encouraged via surveys and written responses. Around 4,000 Londoners submitted their views, and their contributions have been carefully considered. In some boroughs, the draft plans were changed as a result.”
To find out more about the crowdfunding campaign visit: www.crowdjustice.com/save-londons-police-stations.