400 attend Indian Republic Day event

PUBLISHED: 16:26 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:26 31 January 2018

The event took place on Saturday, January 27. Picture: Dilip Hirani

The event took place on Saturday, January 27. Picture: Dilip Hirani

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Around 400 Bexley residents, including Mayor Peter Reader, gathered at Townley Grammar School on Saturday (January 27) to celebrate Indian Republic Day.

The event, organised by local community service group Devasya Foundation, saw a forum on the significant increase in crime and burglaries that have affected the community.

Views on the need for the police and councillors to take proactive action were aired, and Chief Inspector Alan Duncan acknowledged the concerns, citing sharp reductions in policing budgets.

He also set out the steps police take following a burglary and highlighted examples of the police arresting persistent offenders.

The event also saw a fancy dress contest, where children dressed up as famous Indians, and some performed a traditional Indian dance.

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, congratulated the organisers on the outstanding community event and the success of the police, while Priti Patel MP set out her aspirations for British and Indian relationships going from strength to strength.

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