A group that is supposed to represent the community on law and order issues has descended into chaos with members accusing each other of assault and computer hacking.*chuckles*
This is Lambeth's Community Police Consultative Group, and they are getting on….well, as well as you might expect on seeing the name and the group’s stated goal!
The whole board were due to step down for fresh elections at the meeting at Lambeth Town Hall on September 26 in a bid to clear the air.
But voting for a new committee never took place, the meeting descended into a shouting match, and police are now investigating a complaint of common assault.Lovely!
The group, formed in 1981 in the wake of the Brixton riots, are supposed to play a vital role liaising with police and representing the community on issues such as stop and search and the treatment of people with mental health problems.
But since the departure of the former chairman Clarence Thompson, forced out in early July following months of bitter wrangling, meetings have become even more stormy and ineffective according to insiders.They sound like they do indeed ‘represent the community’ quite well, don’t they?
The current chairman Wesley Walters-Stephenson said since July they had faced a multitude of problems but he looked forward to re-scheduled elections in December.
He said: "All I have to do is hold the whole thing together until then.
"Londoners benefit from this. Everybody is safer because we are involved in the process."Well, I suppose it’s keeping you off the streets, yes…