Plodding councillor behind police cuts wants Pokémon patrols

More Pokemon Go madness

Inside Croydon

Steve O’Connell, the Tory London Assembly Member from Croydon who has stood by while there has been a cut of 20 per cent in the number of uniformed policemen on the streets of London, now wants what is left of the Metropolitan Police to devote time to hanging around locations highlighted by Pokémon Go in the hope that they might deter the odd smart phone theft.

PikachuMaybe it is just the Silly Season, those summer weeks when any load of old cobblers manages to be given column inches. Or maybe O’Connell – once described by the Daily Mail as the country’s most over-paid local councillor – reckons he needs to raise his public profile from its usual subterranean level; so for an easy headline he has invoked the latest craze.

O’Connell, the chair of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee, no less, even managed to call those officers who…

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