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Police respond to Canvey robberies within targets
12:40pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in Local News
FAST-ACTING police officers attended fourteen robberies on Canvey within minutes despite extensive budget cuts.
Businesses and islanders were gripped by fear last year following a spate of armed robberies which, at its worst, saw eight robberies in eight weeks.
The crimewave prompted an urgent meeting with the new Police Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, MP Rebecca Harris and local organisations to try and tackle the problem.
Now, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal officers were on the scene of 10 of the incidents in 13 minutes or less from being dispatched.
For four of those cases, officers were on site in under 10 minutes, with some responses being as fast as six minutes.