CONCERNED neighbours living in and around Harlesden say the police have allowed gangs of drug dealers to take over a notorious road dubbed 'the frontline'.
Families have had enough of being harassed to buy drugs when walking down Church Road and say friends refuse to visit because they feel too intimidated by the groups of sometimes up to 20 men loitering on street corners.
Furious residents decided to design a leaflet and distributed 500 copies around Harlesden last week which blames Brent Police for not doing enough to stop crime in the town.
Stephen Curry, who works in the area, said: "The road has become a no-go zone. People are too frightened to walk home. I live close by and work in the area and many of the residents I speak to say they live in fear. One of my friends told me how he once saw a young mum holding her baby and smoking a crack pipe. I find it unacceptable.
"Large amounts of money is ploughed into the police force so people deserve to be protected and to not feel unsafe where they live."
An 82-year-old pensioner was stabbed nine times on Monday (June 29) afternoon as she walked home with her shopping through Harlesden.
Mr Curry said: "This just goes to show you what is going on in the area. It is extremely worrying. Something has to be done to put a stop to this crime once and for all and the only way to do that is for the police to start doing their job."
But Sergeant Arif Malik, from Harlesden Safer Neighbourhood Team, defended the police force. He said: "Church Road is pro-actively policed and we patrol all areas of Church Road. We take issues of residents seriously and work towards reducing the fear of crime in our communities.
"However, it is very irresponsible for people to distribute leaflets in and around Church Road. It would have been better to work closely and more pro-actively with the police."
Anyone with concerns should contact Harlesden Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8721 2051.