This morning Mark was introduced to Simon Ovens, the new superintendent for South Westminster. Meeting in Portcullis House, the pair discussed local policing matters including aggressive begging, dangerous cyclists, problems around Victoria Coach Station and the need for improved sentencing and bail systems.
Superintendent Ovens discussed his moves to get officers out of their cars and onto foot patrols and says he is keen to increase the serving of penalty notices to dangerous cyclists. He also reported that the police are targeting organised begging, arresting six to ten beggars every day. Knife crime in the borough and the use of knife arches at Victoria Station and Pimlico School was also discussed.
Mark has offered help to Superintendent Ovens in highlighting the problems of bail after he reported that the number of people given bail has exploded since responsibility for this was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.