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Clamping down on scrap metal theft

James Brokenshire has said that the Government is pressing ahead with implementing new laws to toughen up the response to metal theft and is examining further proposals to bring the regulation of the scrap metal industry up to date.  James’s comments came during a Parliamentary debate highlighting the impact of metal theft on communities and the steps being taken to prevent the crime from occurring.

Clamping down on scrap metal theft

James Brokenshire has said that the Government is pressing ahead with implementing new laws to toughen up the response to metal theft and is examining further proposals to bring the regulation of the scrap metal industry up to date.  James’s comments came during a Parliamentary debate highlighting the impact of metal theft on communities and the steps being taken to prevent the crime from occurring.

“Unique" new facility steps up response to radiological threats

James Brokenshire has said a new state-of-the art forensics laboratory will provide the UK with a “world class” facility to prosecute crimes involving nuclear or radiological material. The new centre which was opened by the Minister for Crime and Security will allow investigators to carry out forensic examinations – such as fingerprinting or DNA testing – on material contaminated by radiation.

Promoting emergency service co-operation to improve response to major incidents

James Brokenshire has praised the commitment and bravery of emergency service responders during a Parliamentary debate promoting more effective joint working between police, fire and ambulance services. James set out a new programme of work to ensure that blue-light services work together effectively in response to major incidents such as fast-moving terrorist scenarios and help save lives.

Change Hospital Ownership to Secure its Future

Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has called for Queen Mary’s Hospital to be transferred to a different NHS organisation to help secure the hospital’s long-term future.  The MP has written to local NHS Executives calling for the Sidcup hospital to be transferred from the South London Healthcare NHS Trust which currently owns and runs the site to the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which operates urgent care and other services from Queen Mary’s.

Neighbourhood Watch underlines how simple steps can reduce crime risk

Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association will be raising awareness of simple crime prevention tips in Bexleyheath Broadway this Saturday between 10am and 3pm to encourage people to make their road a Neighbourhood Watch area and help cut crime.  Details of the event - which forms part of Neighbourhood Watch Week - were revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting at Bexley Council’s Civic Offices on Monday night.

Backing the Next Generation of Entrepreneur’s

James Brokenshire has given his support to the launch of a new scheme to back 18 - 24 year old entrepreneurs with finance and support. The £82.5m programme could potentially start over 30 thousand new businesses, in a move to boost enterprise and economic growth.

Stepping out for a Positive Future

Local MP James Brokenshire gets put through some dance moves as local young people show how they are using dance to develop their skills and help reduce crime as part of the Bexley Positive Futures Programme.

Bexley Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

Crowds thronged the ‘Golden Acre’ in Bexley Village on Monday night to watch the lighting of the special beacon as part of Bexley’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The beacon was lit by the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Allan Downing after the Bishop of Rochester led prayers for the Queen, the Country and the Commonwealth.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

James Brokenshire will join the Bishop of Rochester and the Mayor of Bexley at a special Diamond Jubilee Beacon event in Bexley Village on Monday night. The event which has been organised by Churches Together in Bexley Village forms part of the weekend of celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne. Beacons will be lit around the country on Monday evening with the Bexley Village event starting at 9.45pm at the ‘Golden Acre’ Park.