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First time voters are still undecided

PUBLISHED: 12:32 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

FIRST time voters have told of their concern about the rise in violent crime and the amount of police on the streets. As General Election day draws closer, with the final leaders debate due to grace our screens this evening, the Times spoke to first time

FIRST time voters have told of their concern about the rise in violent crime and the amount of police on the streets.

As General Election day draws closer, with the final leaders debate due to grace our screens this evening, the Times spoke to first time voters in Woolwich to get their views on taking to the ballot box and asked them what issues mattered to them.

An exclusive poll carried out by the Times also revealed that most first time voters were undecided on who was going to get their vote and 17 out of 50 people polled saying they would support Labour.

But nearly all of the young people interviewed by the Times expressed their concern about violent crime and called on the next government to address the issue.

George Fallon, 18, said: "Police in the area could do more and if there were some more PCSO's around it would be much better.

"They need to do something about the big groups of young people in the area. They hang around together and I know they can be intimidating to older people."

Amelia Bobingdon 17, from Plumstead said: "There needs to be more police in the area. They've stepped up with the police walking around but I think the police should come out more in the night when people tend to commit crime."

Jessica Pearce, 20 from Woolwich said: "Crime is getting worse. We see so many people getting shot. Young people are going out with knives and innocent people are getting killed for nothing."

Woolwich and Greenwich prospective Labour MP Nick Raynsford added: "We communicate with young people through a variety of means, including texting.

"The young vote is very important, they are the future of the country."

A poll of other voters in Woolwich revealed that most were still undecided of who they were going to vote for, but 13 people, the next highest poll result, said they would be voting Labour on May 6.

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