This weekends monthly Councillor Advice surgery (Saturday 5th August) will be a joint surgery with the Dudden Hill Police Team. If you have any local crime or Council related issues, we will be at the Pavilion Cafe at Gladstone Park from 11am to 12.30pm. Appointments are not required.
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now live in Neasden. The Government’s street drinking laws were time limited and have now expired so the Council has implemented it’s own PSPO in partnership with the Police to clamp down on street drinking.
The purpose of the PSPO is to help tackle and address the issues of street drinking which is taking place within the Neasden Shopping Centre area.
The area outlined in blue is covered by the PSPO.
Please be aware that two suspects are visiting the NW10 area in a Black Audi A3. The first one presents a ‘British Gas ID’ on a blue lanyard to gain entrance into the property and a second suspect follows when the occupant is distracted. We strongly advise that you do not let anybody into your property until you have confirmed their identify. The best policy is take their ID, ask them to remain outside, shut the door and phone their company to confirm their ID. If there is any doubt or their identify can’t be confirmed then call the Police and don’t open the door. If you have a door chain please use it before opening the door in the first place.
Taking place on 21 July, the hate crime event is part of the Council’s wider ‘It’s Time to Talk’ campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues and work together with the authorities to tackle them. Important challenges such as hate crime, child sexual exploitation, extremism, gang culture, domestic abuse and harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.
The event on 21 July has a number of high-profile speakers attending, including Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy – Centre for Hate Studies, Stephen Brooks MBE – Coordinator of the Disabled Hate Crime Network and special guest keynote speaker – creative pioneer Samuell Benta. Topics such as what exactly a hate crime is, how big the problem is in Brent and the role of social media in the context of hate crime, will be discussed.
Please do come along. To book a free ticket, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-time-to-talk-hate-crime-tickets-25991098074.
In light of recent events in Paris, Brent Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with the Police are holding the following Counter Terrorism event next week. The seminar will be conducted by the police in collaboration with Brent Community Area Watch.
If you wish to attend please be good enough to rsvp by Monday 30th November 2015 with the names of those attending by return email to email@example.com.
Details as follows:
Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Venue: Willesden Baptist Church Located near to the The New Library and Culture Centre
Address: 94 High Rd, London NW10 2PR (Next to Huddlestone Road)
Refreshments will be provided.
A joined-up operation between Brent Council, the Police, Veolia and Ashford Place, the homeless charity in Cricklewood, will see the first night operation taking place at Gladstone Park from tonight. The aim of the operation is to decrease anti-social behaviour and remove any tents and structures that may be up in the park. There has been a reported increase of people sleeping in the park using tents and other bedding and this contravenes park bye-laws.
The majority of those sleeping in the parks have come from Romania to seek work in the UK and send money home. We understand they are trying to avoid accommodation costs by sleeping in the park. Whilst sympathetic to these individuals, Brent Council’s primary concern is the safety of its residents.
Signs are already up at the park in both English and in Romanian.
Brent Council has been made aware that many of these people are also seeking employment at the informal labour market in Chichele Road, Cricklewood. The Metropolitan Police have implemented a dispersal zone to deal with this problem, and any employers hiring staff this way will be questioned by the Police. We would also discourage residents from hiring them for casual labour, as we believe this is exacerbating the problem in the parks. If you are not sure of someone’s status, ask for an NI number when hiring them, so you can be sure they have a residential address and paying taxes in the UK.
Brent Council is also working with the HMRC and UKBA to establish the immigration status of these sleepers.
Victim Support in partnership with Brent Council are holding a crime prevention stall at the park to address concerns from residents about safety at the park. The stall will be located near Anson Road.
Police will also be available to talk about crime issues.
You can talk to us and your local crime and community organisations about crime prevention and personal safety at Gladstone Park. Victim Support can also offer you support if you have been affected by crime.
Even if you have no concerns, come and pick up your free personal alarms and security items from our stall.
The Brent and Kilburn Times website is warning Asian residents to be wary of jewellery thieves LINK
The individuals are known to be patrolling around in a car and approaching Asians.
One of my constituents was lured at the Neasden Shopping Centre by being asked directions to the temple as a conversation starter. Thankfully she was having none of it and went away!
I have raised the issue with the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team who are on the lookout for these criminals. It is important that all incidents are reported to 999 in an emergency and 101 in non emergency situations.