Top cops looking to stem a tide of vicious antisocial behaviour sweeping across Feltham and Hanworth have warned residents they can not stop the violence without public support.
The stark warning follows this weekend's stabbings and a terrifyingunprovoked attack in Feltham High Street last month when a teenage gang left a man fighting for his life.
Feltham sector Inspector Pete Rusby said: "These people can not be allowed to continue behaving in a way that damages the whole community.."But without the support of witnesses, parents, and even victims themselves there really isn't much we can do to change things."
Supt Clive Chalk, of Hounslow police, said: "We are talking about a small number of people causing most of these offences from graffiti, antisocial behaviour and muggings up to some really serious GBHs. They can be stopped if the local community is prepared to come forward and help us."
The officers say residents need to report all criminal activity no matter how low level in order to stop these problems from escalating.
"I know people have occasionally had problems getting police to come out or they're wary of getting involved but we really need them to report every crime they see," said Supt Chalk.
"We are doing some good work using CCTV footage but without help from the public or statements from witnesses and victims it is often difficult for us to get cases through the courts."
Extra patrols are now being sent out across the two 'hotspot' areas in Hampton Road West, Hanworth, and around Feltham Railway Station.