PEOPLE in Ealing and Chiswick feel like they are living in the Wild West, the Commons was told by Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

“The Prime Minister said austerity is over, so when will we get back the 21,000 police officers - 300 locally - cut on her watch?” she asked.

Ms Huq said cases of constituents coming to her for help had become more frequent, with a concentration from the W4 postcodes and W5 and W13 residents around Walpole and Lammas parks.

Theresa May replied that a billion pounds had been put into policing, but the Ealing MP insisted: “It’s no good chucking a few crumbs after slashing and burning. Over how long? I asked when she will reinstate lost police. No reply came back.”

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Comedienne Shappi Khorsandi, who lives in Ealing, complained the issue was all that people were talking about in her neighbourhood.

“We’re discussing parents in hi-viz patrolling parks, but we need police,” she told the Ealing Times.

Ms Huq said she had been assured by police and the council the net was closing on a gang responsible for park muggings. However, it felt like ‘whacking a mole’ as the problem went much wider.

She said people in Hanger Hill were even entertaining the idea of paying for their own private police patrols.

She will now be writing to the Policing Minister to follow up on how to get funds and officers deployed to Ealing. Acton and Chiswick.