'War zone' slur 'completely inappropriate', says councillor

'War zone' slur 'completely inappropriate', says councillor

'War zone' slur 'completely inappropriate', says councillor

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Describing Tottenham as a “war zone” is “completely inappropriate”, a long-standing councillor has said.

According to Labour councillors, the comment was made by a senior council officer during a presentation and bus tour of the borough for newly elected councillors earlier this month.

Councillor Lorna Reith, chairman of the Tottenham and Seven Sisters Area Forum, said in a meeting last night that the officer’s words were “not acceptable phraseology”.

Cllr Reith’s words come in wake of similar condemnation from community leader Sharon Grant, who said the council must either offer “clarification or an apology”.

Ms Grant, who was recently made an OBE for her voluntary work, criticised councillors for not speaking publicly about the allegations.

Alan Stanton, a former Labour councillor of 16 years, also asked for an apology from the council over the remark.

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1:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

G_Whiz says...

Many victims of the many crimes in Tottenham, The elderly afraid to go out - and even the untouchable gangs that have divided the areas up and their victims - will all see it as a war Zone.

Not until the problems are recognised and swept under the carpet, can they be solved!!!
Many victims of the many crimes in Tottenham, The elderly afraid to go out - and even the untouchable gangs that have divided the areas up and their victims - will all see it as a war Zone. Not until the problems are recognised and swept under the carpet, can they be solved!!! G_Whiz
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9:57am Thu 24 Jul 14

ZenithB says...

Everyone knows where the war zone really is at the moment - there where an innocent child is killed every hour ... as part of a right to self-defence! What more needs be said to refute - who? - a councillor. Only possible in Haringey, the best borough in London, according to the elected Leader of the Council.
Everyone knows where the war zone really is at the moment - there where an innocent child is killed every hour ... as part of a right to self-defence! What more needs be said to refute - who? - a councillor. Only possible in Haringey, the best borough in London, according to the elected Leader of the Council. ZenithB
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