Elthorne May Crime & Policing Report

by Nigel Bakhai on 13 May, 2012

Here is my report from the May meeting of the Elthorne Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Police panel. First of all, the team has had a number of recent changes with PC Mark Ogunwe leaving the team to be replaced by PC Marek Kleiber. Two of the PCSOs Jay Thompson and James Postlethwaite have also left the team after successfully passing their exams to become PCs.  PCSO Steven O’ Reilly has now joined the team but the team is now down to Sgt Fazal, two PCs (John and Kleiber) and two PCSO (O’Reilly and Fleming).

As of March 23rd, the Met Police have closed Hanwell Police station. Hanwell Police station has not had a front counter for residents to report crime to for many years, but until recently it had housed the Safer Transport Team and Serious Youth Violence Unit so there was still a visible police presence in Hanwell with officers coming in and out of the building while it was being used. However, the Met Police feel that the building is no longer fit for purpose and that they need to reduce costs so they have closed the building and these teams have been relocated to Greenford and Southall. Inspector Susan Hayward, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Ealing has said that they will monitor anti-social behaviour and crime levels to ensure there is no increase in crime as a result of the closure, but there is obviously some concern in the community about the lack of police presence in Hanwell town centre as a result of the closure, especially as the Elthorne SNT are based outside the ward at Sainsburys in West Ealing.

Here are some of the latest crime statistics for the ward:-

  Jan Feb Mar Apr
Residential Burglary 11 2 5 0
Robbbery 2 2 2 1


Motor Vehicle Crime Jan Feb Mar Apr
Taking & Driving Away 3 1 0 3
Criminal Damage 2 9 3 2
Theft from Motor Vehicle 5 12 14 13

In total there have been 14 incidents of violent crime in the ward since January including 4 cases of Grievous Bodily Harm, a sexual assault and an allegation of rape.

The team have also been dealing with the anti social behaviour eminating from a cafe in West Ealing as well as problems being caused by a group of street drinkers around the ward. The team have had some success with tackling drugs in the ward in Glastonbury Court on the Green Man Lane estate where CCTV has now been installed. The team have successfully uncovered a small cannabis factory (9 plants) on the estate.

The new ward priorities agreed at the meeting were tackling street drinkers, violent crime and motor vehicle crime.

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