Last week, we were shocked to learn of yet another attack
on one of Belsize's beloved bakeries, Roni's Bagel Bakery. In the space of a week, the glass window of the bakery was smashed twice. The first incident
, on 9 March, also resulted in the shop's drain being blocked with cement and the water mains valve vandalised. The second, on 15 March, saw a table damaged as well. Cumulatively, the owner has said repairs could cost up to £30,000, putting aside the impact on his business's revenues.
He has also spoken of feeling vulnerable at a time when our community police are under substantial pressure due to lack of resources. Customers of Roni's have said that they fear the attacks may have been anti-Semitic.
The Liberal Democrats will always stand up for and protect minority groups. We believe our society is made richer by its diversity. We promise to protect residents by having a more visible poli
ce presence on our streets to deter all types of crime, including apparent targeted hate crimes. Local residents and business owners should never feel ostracised or unsafe. That's why we are pledging to fund 20 new PCs and community safety officers across Camden, to boost the number of officers in every part of the borough.
Let's keep Camden open, tolerant and united!
Belsize Lib Dem Candidate