Hounslow's borough commander has responded to rising fears over violent crime after two recent knife attacks with plans to tackle the problem.

Patrols in town centres have been stepped up and knife arches are to be used to weed out potential criminals.

Speaking on behalf of Hounslow Community Safety Partnership, which includes the fire service, police and council, Chief Superintendent David Bilson, said:  “Within the Hounslow Community Safety Partnership, agencies that focus on providing support and protection to young people have been working together this year to develop a framework of nine key issues aimed at reducing youth violence.
 
“The intention is to take the widest approach to partnership working to prevent youth violence and keep our young people safe.

“Across the Borough we are delivering high visibility policing to get knives off the streets, engaging with schools to ensure they are safe places for learning, and continuing projects that divert young people away from crime.

“We are also developing new work to focus upon issues such as providing advice for parents, delivering school activities to educate about the harm from weapons and violence, and finding ways in which we can support young people to be confident to resist crime and seek opportunities to achieve their potential.

"Hounslow Police will continue to conduct operations aimed at getting knives off the streets; people found with knives have been arrested and go to court. Those tactics will include the use of scanning arches in town centres and additional patrols in town centres and open spaces. “

Chief Superintendent David Bilson will attend the Hounslow Borough Community Police Consultative Group at Hounslow Civic Centre at 7pm on July 28.

People and representatives from local groups can put forward their views about crime and policing in the borough or raise any concerns they have about community safety in their local area.

If you would like to find out more about the meeting, please call Frances Houston on 020 8583 2064, or email frances.houston@hounslow.gov.uk