Wandsworth's Labour Group has called a special council meeting to urge Conservatives to oppose police cuts.

The meeting, to be held on September 21, comes as a combined response to the recent Battersea riots and coalition cuts proposals, which critics claim will see 16,000 police officers axed.

Wandsworth Labour Group leader, Councillor Rex Osborn, said: "Wandsworth was one of the boroughs worst hit by the rioting and looting. It is clear that a shortage of police officers was a major problem in Clapham Junction when the disturbances occurred.

“Here in Wandsworth we will lose at least five police sergeants this year alone; local police teams will be merged or moved from areas they currently patrol. The police need our support, not the threat of job losses.”

Councillor Leonie Cooper, the GLA candidate for Merton and Wandsworth and opposition speaker for community safety has raised concerns that not only is there no room for police cuts but that the current force are too thinly spread.

The meeting will be held at Wandsworth Town Hall.

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