AN HISTORIC street is fighting off an unwanted statistic brought on by alcohol fuelled night time violence.
By day, Windsor Street, in Uxbridge, is a quaint picture postcard street which still appears almost as it did centuries ago, but by night violent incidents are marring it's reputation.
The street recorded more violent crimes in January than the whole of Ickenham, and one less than the whole of Harefield. But a wander down the street in the day reveals far from an intimidating atmosphere, simply a street of independent businesses welcoming trade with a friendly face.
Figures from controversial Home Office website Police.uk show that there were nine violent crimes in the street in January, compared to eight in the whole of Ickenham village.
This figure is the highest for any individual street in the whole of Uxbridge, Cowley, and West Drayton.
Shopkeepers have put the unwelcome statistic down to night time violence, failing to recall any instances that have taken place during shopping hours.
Frank Harris, chair of the Windsor Street Traders Association, said: "I've never experienced any of it, we don't hear of it. No other shops have come to me to tell me about anything, there's not so much as a broken window."
The street has three pubs, The Metropolitan, The Fig Tree, and The Queens Head.
Sergeant Ian Meens, licensing officer at Hillingdon Police, said: "There's a cab office there and its where people head to at the end of their night and that can generate a little bit of trouble once people have had a drink, and they just want to get home. The pubs might have the occasional spat, but never anything of note, but between all of those things, that adjusts the ratio for what is usually a very pleasant road.
"There was a cab office at the top of the high street near Liquid which attracted a lot of trouble, but that was shut down by council for planning reasons. So Windsor Street does flag up on the statistics, but otherwise its a beautiful little street."