Sep 10 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – September 10, 2012

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

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey visited the borough this week to meet with Harrow’s Diversity Group, seeing at first hand how we plan to assign one officer to the ‘Families First Programme’ which we are working on in partnership with Harrow Council. This means that identified officers will be assigned to specific troubled families across the borough, to provide support and guidance to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and bring about positive outcomes for the families. The Diversity Group is made up of officers and police staff from a range of backgrounds which reflects the diversity of the borough.

Officer of the week is Detective Constable Richard Mottram in recognition of his hard work in securing a robbery conviction against Sushil Arya who pleaded guilty on Monday at Harrow Crown Court. DC Mottram has been assisted by DC Will Ridler. We must also mention Will Barron from Harrow Council’s CCTV Control Room, Margaret Fraser (the victim of the robbery) and Janet Farrell whose brave intervention brought about the arrest of the defendant. Arya has been remanded in custody and awaits sentencing.

“…identified officers will be assigned to specific troubled families across the borough…”

Kyle Harvey aged 23 of Apple Grove, Harrow was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court after being found guilty of robbery. A 23 year old man flagged down a police car after being robbed of his watch and some cash in Stroud Gate, Harrow in January of this year. After providing police with a statement, the victim was being driven home by officers when he spotted the suspect in the street. Harvey was arrested and subsequently charged with the offence. This is an excellent court result for the victim and a rewarding outcome for investigating officer, PC Ali Khan of Harrow’s Crime Squad who has succeeded in taking a robber off the streets of Harrow for a few years.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of going equipped for stealing after their car, which was displaying false registration plates and was being driven at high speed along Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane, was stopped by officers from Harrow’s Crime Squad. This was an excellent stop by the officers and the investigation is on going.

In response to a recent rise of burglaries in South Harrow, we deployed additional resources to the area, closed down a squat and have since seen a reduction in crime. Please remember in this hot weather to keep all doors and windows closed, if you are out make sure your home looks occupied using radios, lights and timer switches. Don’t forget to photograph and mark your valuables with your postcode. Look out for neighbouring properties and if you see anyone acting suspiciously call police on 999.

And finally I would like to end on a positive note. After an internal review, it has been decided that Harrow’s Custody Suite will remain open. This is excellent news for the residents of Harrow.

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