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Jan 14 2013

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – January 14, 2013

dc_james_griffinHarrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu…

Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne and Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh delivered a presentation on the Mayor’s police and crime plan 2013 – 2017 which will shape policing in Harrow and across London. The proposed plan will result in an additional 30 police officers in Harrow. You can have a look at the Mayor’s plan and have your say at the MOPAC website

The Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) initiative is going from strength to strength and I am pleased to say the French international and Arsenal football player Abou Diaby has agreed to support the initiative and will be donating items to the project. Please visit the mothersagainstgangs.com website which provides details of support and guidance on how to deal with gang violence. Being a big Arsenal fan, I was pleased to have Abou Diaby visit me at home and my daughter felt very privileged to have her photograph taken with him.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]A 16-year-old youth was arrested within 20 minutes of police receiving a 999 call…[/pullquote]

The officer of the week is Detective Constable James Griffin (pictured) who is an outstanding officer currently working in helping to safeguard young people in Harrow. DC James Griffin is based in the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at Harrow Civic Centre, which enables police and social workers to share information on young people and families where we have concerns over their wellbeing. I have been very impressed with the quality of Harrow’s social workers and DC James Griffin is able to bring his policing experience from Leicestershire to the streets of Harrow.

We have seen another case this week of an elderly person being duped by a bogus workman. On this occasion, a 90 year old man was approached in the street near his home, by a man who claimed to have carried out some work for him last year. The elderly gentleman couldn’t remember the so-called workman, but believing he was genuine asked if he would carry out some more work on his home and invited him in. When the workman left, promising to return the following day to complete the work, the elderly man discovered that a large amount of cash had been stolen. Please look out for elderly neighbours and relatives and warn them of the dangers of this callous crime type. For more information on all scams go to The little Book of Big Scams related publication

Two men aged 24 and 21, who were residing at an address in Reynolds Drive, Edgware were arrested on suspicion of residential squatting last week by officers. A 21-year-old man was given an adult caution for the offence of squatting and a 24-year-old man has been bailed to return to a date in February. If you suspect that a house is being used as a squat, let us know by contacting your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or call 101.

This week sees the launch of a Met-wide street robbery crime prevention campaign, reminding people to think about where and when their valuables are on display to avoid becoming a victim of crime. A few days ago, a 16-year-old youth was arrested within 20 minutes of police receiving a 999 call from a schoolboy reporting that his phone had been stolen. With the help of technology ‘find my iPhone app’ and a suspect description from the victim, officers tracked the suspect, also a schoolboy, down to Harrow town centre. He was found with the phone in his possession, arrested and subsequently charged with robbery. This was an excellent result due to the quick thinking of the victim and officers alike and shows the importance of using a GPS tracking device on your phone or tablet.

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1 comment

  1. Melanie

    Not only should Councillor Gawn resign and hand back any money he’s had since he was suspended from the Labour party… [removed by iharrow.com] So Paedophile Gate …[removed by iharrow.com]… , get out of Harrow and on your way out take fraudster Gawn and Qatarda with you. Never darken our doorstep again. Criminals and money grabbing scum! Get out

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