A POLICE sergeant has promised to hand out anti-social behaviour orders to teenagers causing trouble in the Wealdstone area and to help resolve friction between neighbours.
A report from the leader of Marlborough and Wealdstone Safer Neighbourhood Team, Sgt Paul Mills, says officers will ‘robustly pursue Asbos if needed’.
The report says teenagers from The Helix at the Harrow Teachers’ Centre in Tudor Road have been misbehaving in and outside the Wealdstone Centre in High Street during school term, usually at about 2pm on weekdays.
The Helix provides short-term education placements for pupils who are at risk of being expelled and those who are struggling to cope with going to mainstream schools.
Sgt Mills said: “We are working with PC Jane Livingstone and The Helix to resolve the behaviour.
“With the co-operation of children services and the local Wealdstone Youth Centre, we hope to engage the individuals in positive engagements and a general banning notice to any Helix pupil until the behaviour is addressed.”
Another issue Mr Mills mentioned, was allegations of anti-social behaviour from a neighbour in Marlborough ward.
“We have held a partnership meeting and are proposing some intervention tactics to address the behaviour of the perceived aggressor,” he added.
“This is a multi-agency lead investigation with potential serious overtones and we have graded it significant risk.”
Sgt Mills said he would again explore Asbo applications should there be sufficient evidence.
Asbos are civil orders made against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behaviour.
Wealdstone and Marlborough Police Station staff were split into two separate teams on April 4. A new sergeant will take over Wealdstone, while Sgt Mills will cover Marlborough.
Sgt Mills said: “It has been a challenge and a rewarding challenge to have run two of the busiest wards on the borough. I have enjoyed it and wish I could have done more.”
A Harrow Council spokesperson said: “The children who attend The Helix are vulnerable and we are working closely with the school and voluntary sector organisations to ensure they are engaged in a range of activities to keep them occupied.
“The Wealdstone Centre is a place where the pupils have somewhere to go where they are engaged in a safe and secure environment.
“The police have raised some concerns about the behaviour of a small group of pupils outside the centre, who they believe attend the school.
“We will work in partnership with the police and school to ensure these problems are addressed.”