I WAS very pleased to welcome six new police officers to Harrow on Monday last week.
I spent time with them spelling out my expectations and sharing with them the issues facing us in Harrow. These are the first of the extra officers being posted to our borough which will see our numbers rise considerably over the next few months. They have all been posted to Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and are already out fighting crime.
PC Salman Azam, who is based on Hatch End Safer Neighbourhoods Team, has already made two arrests. One for a domestic violence actual bodily harm and another for common assault and burglary.
* I attended the launch of Child Safety Week with colleagues from Harrow Council and the local health authority where we discussed the benefits of partnership working and how it will ensure that children in Harrow can lead safe and secure lives.
All agencies have a role to play in this and by working so closely together and sharing information and intelligence we can ensure that we always give the best possible service.
* Last week officers arrested and charged a 28-year-old man with criminal damage after he was seen using a traffic cone to damage a resident’s car.
The resident called police, before following the suspect and witnessing him damaging several more parked cars. Officers arrested the suspect and, before taking him off to the cells, left notes on all of the damaged vehicles for owners to contact them.
Had it not been for this resident’s actions then we might not have caught the culprit who damaged a total of 14 vehicles that night during his spree of wanton behaviour. He is due to appear at court later this month.
* Following a robbery in Stanmore last week, where a woman in her sixties had her handbag stolen, a 44-year-old man has been charged. The woman was chasing the suspect when two members of the public, unknown to her, also stepped in to help. They chased the suspect before he was caught by officers nearby.
A robbery took place in The Chase in Stanmore where a woman in her 70s had a gold necklace snatched from her neck by a suspect who was riding a push bike at the time. We are looking for a black man in his early twenties, with a shaved head, wearing a white T-shirt and white jacket.
* While holding one of my daily meetings in the control room here at Harrow police station, a call came in reporting a burglary in Kynance Gardens, where the burglars were still on the scene.
Fast response units arrived immediately but unfortunately the burglars had fled after being confronted by a teenager who was at home at the time.
The suspects smashed the glass in the patio door at the rear of the property to gain entry and on seeing the teenager made their escape out of the front door. We circulated their descriptions to all units and an extensive search of the area was carried out, but unlucky this time there was no trace of them.
We are looking for an Asian man of big build, who has short black hair and a goatee beard who was wearing black clothing. The second suspect was white with short, blonde hair, wearing a grey hooded top with a blue stripe down the sleeve and blue jeans.
Be assured, these suspects will stay on our radar until they are caught.
* Inspector Aiden Whelan ran another successful Operation Cubo day last week where police road checks were set up at several locations across the borough.
A total of 625 cars were stopped – we seized 11 vehicles, and another 18 drivers were reported for motoring offences. We issued an additional five prohibition notices which prevents those vehicles being used on the road and we arrested one person for obstructing officers and public order offences.
This is another excellent result and we will continue to disrupt those using our roads illegally or driving unlawfully.