As Police front counters at Harlesden and Kilburn stations have closed we are providing a contact point in the community to enable the public to come and meet officers. You will be able to talk to an officer on a one-to-one basis in confidence.
The next session is at Costa Coffee, 291 Neasden Lane, Neasden, NW10 1QR on Saturday, 20th January 2018 from 12-1pm
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.
I’ve had a few residents contact me living around Dollis Hill tube station and in the Neasden area who have told me about their recent experiences being a victim of gold chain snatching.
I am urging residents who are victim of this crime to first of all make sure the any incident or even attempted incident is reported. This will give the police the intelligence they need to make sure they are patrolling the right areas at the right time.
In the past, such an approach has led to success in actually catching the culprits LINK . However, Police for now rely on greater information and intelligence as there is less of them in the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team.
I have raised the matter with the local Ward sergeant and I have visibly already seen Police around patrolling at times that people told me these incidents happened in one of the locations at least.
Over the last year and a half, our under-resourced Police have been working hard to with the local Council to tackle anti-social behaviour issues that take place at the Neasden Shopping Centre.
Misbehaviour of schoolchildren, street drinking and the more recent appearance of gangs in the area culminated in Labour Councillors, the police and residents coming together deciding to escalate the response to the situation.
Enforcement will run until the 1st of September 2013.
This to me also highlights the importance of Ward Panel meetings because the decision has been made in collaboration with local residents, the Police and the Council. The next Ward Panel meeting is on Wednesday 6th March 2013 and takes place at the College of North West London (Willesden Campus) at 7pm.
It surprises me that given the importance of this meeting, that in my time as Dudden Hill Councillor, ‘local’ Liberal Democrat Councillor David Clues has NEVER attended a Ward Panel meeting. In fact, I believe he has NEVER met a single member of the local police team.
It is a local scandal that he did not resign his seat in May 2012 so that a by-election could be held at the same time as the Mayoral vote to minimise taxpayer election costs after he moved to Brighton in December 2011.
Crime and anti-social behaviour is by far the biggest issue in Dudden Hill on the doorstep. The situation is not helped by the cuts in our local dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Team.
In 2011/2012, we invested £2,449 in the Safer Neighbourhood Team to provide crime reasurance and prevention equipment.
In addition £3,816was provided to Elders Voice who provided home security improvements and advice to vulnerable residents aged over 60. £180 worth of safety equipment was also funded to the newly formed Ashcombe Park Neighbourhood Watch.
In Brent, we know this is true as we have lost Police Sergeants in Brent as all were made to reapply for their jobs so that spending targets could be met.
At a Brent Council Partnership and Place Committee Meeting I revealed that even losses to back office staff to the domestic violence team in Brent meant that frontline staff were spending time they would otherwise spend helping people, doing paperwork and desk office functions.
The anwers I received reveals that even back office cuts has a profound impact on frontline services.
I have made strong representations to the Borough Commander following the loss of Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team staff. Coalition and Mayoral cuts to police budgets are leading to recruitment freezes in police numbers which means that there are currently no plans to replace members of staff. I am therefore worried that given the loss of full time staff, residents in Dudden Hill may be permanently deprived of around 2,142 hours of frontline police hours a year. That is something I do not want for my residents. Our safety is not a price worth paying.
I am particularly concerned given the high crime rate in parts of Dudden Hill Ward – particularly the Church Road area which according to Metropolitan Police Crime Map figures had a crime rate of 21.12 in October 2010 which is more than double the 9.52 average crime rate in Brent.
I am fighting to make sure that Dudden Hill is represented and I am actively making a strong case to the Borough Commander to divert more resources for my ward.
Brent police in collaboration with Ward Working has introduced an innovative home security product to Dudden Hill residents designed to reduce burglary rates in the Ward. We have available a limited supply of Smart Water kits.
Smart Water is a unique property coding system designed to uniquely mark household items with a forensic code enabling the Police to easily identify stolen property.
Each bottle of Smart Water has a unique forensic code which is dabbed into the nooks and crannies of the item. It is virtually impossible to remove and will withstand significant attack.
We are offering kits that are worth £43.48 FREE OF CHARGE!!! This is on a first come first serve basis. We have many kits left. To reserve your personalised Smart Water pack email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading Smart Water. Please include your postcode in the email to verify that you live in Dudden Hill Ward.
Sarah Teather’s voting record on the public whip website is concerning. This screen grab is just an example of how out of touch she is with what people want in Brent. Sarah Teather has her fingerprints all over the crime scene and has a lot of explaining to do with regards to her voting record.
Last month I blogged on an increase in incidents of gold chain snatching LINK.
The Willesden and Brent Times are reporting that two people have been sentenced for robbery in a police crackdown on thieves who snatch valuable jewellery from people walking by.
Brent police launched a massive undercover operation in August to find and arrest thieves who were grabbing gold chains from the necks of innocent victims.
The operation was launched in response to an unprecedented crime wave of jewellery muggings with some 90 reported in 12 weeks. Church Road market in Dudden Hill Ward, and Ealing Road market in Wembley, were flagged up as particular hotspots although as my article says, incidents were not restricted to these two areas.
In the first case, a 14-year-old youth from Harlesden, was sentenced to a six month parenting order and a supervision referral order for 12 months at Brent Youth Court for attempted robbery. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, followed a woman, 47, as she walked home in Neasden.
As she turned into Denzil Road, the youth stopped her and asked for the time. He then grabbed her by the neck and left shoulder and threw her to the floor before trying to pull a gold chain from her neck. Passers by heard her scream and ran over to help.
Fortunately, officers were nearby and stopped the 14-year-old from running off. He was arrested for robbery. He later pleaded guilty at court.
Detective Sergeant, Mark Fletcher, from the Priority Crime Unit, said: “This suspect was arrested as a result of public spirited citizens and police coming to the assistance of a lone female who was being subjected to a cowardly attack.
“Brent police are dedicated to pro-actively patrolling the streets, looking for suspects concerned in robbery offences. We will continue this positive action in order to identify, arrest and convict robbery offenders.”