Oct 24 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – October 24, 2011

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

A total of 558 vehicles were seized and 76 arrests were made during Operation Reclaim, the Metropolitan Police Service’s crackdown on uninsured drivers, that took place across the capital on Wednesday, 19 October.

In Harrow, 70 cars were stopped at locations across the borough, four vehicles were seized and three arrests were made – two for immigration offences and a 19-year-old student, from Stanmore, was arrested in Camrose Avenue, in Edgware, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis. He has been bailed to a date in January.

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I attended a meeting of the Hatch End Residents Association at Harrow Arts Centre this week to talk about the recent disorder in London and the financial challenges facing the Metropolitan Police Service. Hatch End PCSOs Steve Hammett and John-Paul Sloan also attended and offered crime prevention advice including SmartWater property marking solution.

Harrow Council and police met with Darra Singh, who is leading a panel investigating the disorder in London this summer. We had a good story to tell which focused on the strong relationship we have between the police, council and the community. The panel was particularly interested in discussing the Young Foundation’s Resilience Project which saw police, youth workers and young people being trained together to help provide a better outcome for young people.

Our Payback Unit had another excellent result at court this week when a man who ran three brothels in Edgware and Stanmore was forced to repay £54,000 of his illegal earnings. Full details can be found on our website.

We are appealing for help in locating Edwin Sarpong aged 25, of no fixed address, who we would like to speak to in connection with a robbery in Harrow.

Sarpong is black , 5′ 9″ tall with wispy facial hair and a flame patterned tattoo in the left hand side of his neck in green ink

Sarpong has links to Harrow, Brent and Southwark

If you know where he is please call 999 or information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This week I have confirmed PC Lindsay Wood who is enjoying her time on team and is working towards a career in the Traffic Division. This will involve PC Wood being trained in driving 4 wheel off road vehicles and police motor bicycles.

I was sad to see that Sergeant Paul Aynsley has retired from Metropolitan Police after 33 years of loyal service. Paul’s last role was leading the Harrow Weald Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Since his retirement, a number of residents have approached me to tell me how much they will miss Paul’s calm and authoritative presence on the borough.

Police officers are never off duty and this week whilst cycling home I came across officers who were dealing with a woman with mental health issues in the street. The officers dealt with the incident professionally and I was approached by TV actress Tamsin Outhwaite of EastEnders fame, who commented on how well the officers had dealt with a difficult and volatile situation.

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