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Apr 16 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – April 16, 2012

Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Detective Superintendent Neil Wilson… I am pleased to inform you that following consultation with local residents and businesses, and with the consent of the Chief Executive of Harrow Council, Michael Lockwood, we have agreed to extend the dispersal zones in Wealdstone and Harrow town centre for a further six months until 6 October 2012.

This gives police officers and Police Community Support Officers the authority to disperse groups of people from these specific areas and return under 16s to their home addresses. These enhanced police powers are a useful tool to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly during the summer months

Farewell to Angela Toal

I would like to pay tribute to Detective Sergeant Angela Toal who retires from the Metropolitan Police Service this week after over 30 years’ excellent service. Angela is a highly committed officer and will be missed by us all. We wish her every success in the next stage of her life.

Making life difficult for burglars

Harrow on the Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant Pete Law and his team, in partnership with Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, recovered over £10,000 worth of believed stolen jewellery from a pawnbrokers in Harrow last week. We are currently trying to reunite this jewellery with its owners but will continue to work closely with pawnbrokers, gold buyers and games exchange outlets to make life as difficult as possible for burglars to off-load stolen property.

Balraj Virdi, formerly of Pinner was convicted of burglary at Harrow Crown Court last week. He was given a 3 year prison sentence.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously or you know anyone who you think may be breaking into homes in Harrow or handling stolen goods please let us know.

Mobile thieves caught

PCSO Suzanne Keys from Greenhill Safer Neighbourhoods team gave chase to three suspects recently in Harrow town centre. Having earlier spoken to members of staff from the Carphone Warehouse after the theft of several mobile phones from the store, Suzanne saw three men in a nearby alley who fitted the suspects’ descriptions. They saw Suzanne and ran. Whilst calling for assistance on her radio, Suzanne gave chase across several roads, across a garden and a local park, all whilst giving directions to police colleagues. Suzanne caught and detained one man who gave up panting heavily whilst officers detained the remaining two later on whilst they were still in possession of the telephones.

“make life as difficult as possible for burglars”

Wasting Police Time

On Saturday 7 April, Haider Rangwalia aged 24 from High Street, Northwood reported to police that he had been robbed of his mobile by two men at a bus stop. When questioned further by police he regularly changed his story, began crying and admitted that in fact he had lost his phone on a bus. Rangwalia was fined £80 for wasting police time. We continue to name and shame anyone wasting police time in this way.

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