Parsons Green: 'Theresa May claimed police were crying wolf on cuts, but we need resources', says former officer

Parsons Green: 'Theresa May claimed police were crying wolf on cuts, but we need resources', says former officer

An explosion took place at Parsons Green today

Friday, September 15, 2017

Theresa May claimed the police were crying wolf about cuts but now we need to acknowledge we need police resources, a former Metropolitan police officer has said.

Dal Babu was speaking to talkRADIO after an explosion took place at Parsons Green tube station, leaving 22 people injured. The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack but the perpetrators are still at large.

Babu told Yasmeen Khan: "We need to be asking the question about Theresa May. [She] says the police are crying wolf how helpful was that? Do we now acknowledge that we’ve got a real challenge and we need the resources?

"The challenge really now is in terms of resources. If these attacks continue, and I hope they don't but if they do continue, we need to make sure police have sufficient resources​."

In terms of the search for suspects, Babu said "because the bucket didn’t blow up we’ll be able to get DNA and fingerprints and an indication of where items were brought" from the scene.

He also believes "we need to be putting pressure on those companies [who provide encrypted messaging] to identify when individuals are talking about terrorism."

Listen to the full interview above