This image is particularly significant tonight as it is a year since the first of the riots that swept across England following the death of a Londoner called Mark Duggan, who was shot by police on the 4th August 2011. I grew up regarding the iconic blue lamp as a something positive, to be respected but it is clear that others don’t share that view, for many reasons. Policing in the UK continues to try to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population and it has come a long way since this small station served Greenford from its place at the heart of the community. It has been proposed that this station should be sold and demolished to make way for flats, it now has limited opening hours. I think we will regret the loss of what is still, to most of us, a comforting symbol but there may be no choice if we expect to able to pay for an effective police service.
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