|Acton Cluster Safer Neighbourhood News|
Sept update on matters of crime in the locality
A Squat on the Western Avenue was successfully closed. The house had been derelict for some time as Tfl had purchased it along with many others to make way for a proposed widening of the A40. the squat was heavily impacting on residents in nearby St Dunstans Avenue, a street on the edge of Acton Central ward. The Romanian squatters had been using the front garden as a toilet and the overpowering smell had made the lives of the St Dunstans residents intolerable. The empty house has now been ringed with razor wire.
The Team also successfully ran a Community Event on September 21st and enjoyed a productive and relaxed afternoon with local ward residents
S O U T H A C T O N
In the last issue we reported on the two "days of action" which brought to an end a four month operation by specialist officers from Trident Gang Command and the Ward Team codenamed Op PELTARA. This was a covert operation tackling Gang Violence, Drug Dealing and related anti-social behaviour on the South Acton estate. It was focused on gang-related individuals and prevention of serious youth violence - mostly in connection with drugs supply.
Of the17 arrested, 16 were charged with offences ranging from: Possession with intent to supply Class A Drugs, being concerned in the Supply of Class A drugs, or in the actual supply of Class A Drugs. All 16 of the defendants pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court at the first hearing and received between 3 to 4 ½ year sentences. As a consequence, drug-dealing related activity and ASB has been considerably reduced.
After a lot of hard work and in conjunction with the ASB unit and the Police Licensing Team, the Ward Team have been successful in their efforts to introduce a Dispersal Zone around the Hanger Lane Gyratory System. This Dispersal Zone should have a significant effect on the ongoing drink related anti-social behaviour in the area, as officers will now be able to disperse offenders from the area, and will make it an offence for them to return within a specified time.
This has also assisted in deterring windscreen washers around the Gyratory System and far fewer incidents have been reported.
A C T O N C E N T R A L
In response to residents concerns, the team conducted further investigations and successfully executed a drugs warrant in Stuart Road. Over £40,000 worth of amphetamine powder was seized and the offenders prosecuted. This will have a significant impact on local drugs activity.
The team continues to patrol The Mount and the High Street area in order to combat street drinking and any associated disorder. Where possible patrolling is undertaken with partner agencies (e.g. UKBA) and referrals made to drug and alcohol support services.
The Team organized a successful community day in Springfield Gardens. One of the team officers is also a qualified England Boxing Coach and was able to invite an England boxing Promotional team, which was very popular
S O U T H F I E L D
To coincide with the United Nations Peace Day on Sept 21stthe Southfield Team organised a Community Event with a difference on Southfield Recreation Ground. Peace in the Park featured numerous units from all the emergency services, plus, in keeping with the theme of the event, a number of local community and environmental groups.
Local residents enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine with the police in a happy relaxed atmosphere.
Residential burglaries have decreased in Southfield although Theft from Motor Vehicles are still of great concern. To counter this, overnight plain clothes patrols are now conducted on a regular basis and high visibility daytime patrols have been increased.
The Team have also been offering valuable vehicle crime advice at their regular Street Briefings and Walk in Surgeries
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9th October 2014