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From Friday 7 December through to Sunday 9th December Brent Safer Neighbourhoods Team and Partnership Unit took part in Operation Condor, a major capital-wide crackdown by the Metropolitan Police Service on crimes relating to licensable activities issues
In Brent officers visited 40 pawnbrokers and jewellers shops over the two days. They issued the shops with ultra violet lights and posters promoting identifying potential stolen property that may be subject to SmartWater. Two drugs search warrants were executed at licensed premises. One at West Coast bar, resulting in three arrests for possession with intent to supply cannabis and another at a premises in Neasden Circle which was negative. 13 other premises were visited by police cadets in relation to the sale of alcohol to under age people. Two failed and sold to cadets under the legal age and were issued with fines and warned over licence breaches. Five registered sex outlets were visited and all were found to be complying with the condition of their licences. The operation, in conjunction with UKBA, also visited five Brazilian restaurants in response to intelligence about immigration matters. All the restaurants were found to be operating correctly.
A firearms automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operation targeting gang nominals took place in the south of the borough, which resulted in 36 stops of identified vehicles. These stops led to nine arrests for a variety of offences including drugs, firearms offences (CS gas) and offensive weapons in form of knives. One individual who was arrested for drugs was also wanted for a violent assault. Officers carried out a covert operation at Wembley Arena to patrol crowds and spot potential thieves stealing mobile phones. Six phones were reported lost or stolen. During the same operation last year 100 phones were reported lost or stolen.
Officers worked with the local authority Trading Standards and licensing officers to visit numerous premises across the borough in response to information and intelligence received form members of the public. Out of the 25 licensed bars and public houses visited 15 tested positive for drugs swab in toilets, which would suggest drugs were being taken or sold on those premises. Advice was given to managers at all venues. It is a shocking statistic that more than half the venues visited had at some point had drug usage taking place on the premises. Officers made three arrests for drugs and public order during visits.
Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector Sean Lynch said: “I am very pleased with the excellent results from Brent Borough. Licensing impacts upon everyday community life and licensing laws are there for good reason to protect the community from danger. We will continue to commit resources by visiting newsagents, off-licences, public houses, supermarkets and betting shops to ensure and test licensing laws are being followed correctly and we will work with our partners to tackle unlicensed activity to prevent crime and anti social behaviour on our streets.”
Cllr. Lincoln Beswick, MBE, Brent’s Lead Member for Crime and Public Safety said: “This is another brilliant example of how Brent’s Drugs and Alcohol Team and Brent Police are working really hard to tackle the problem of unlicensed activity in the borough and sends a strong message to people operating these sorts of premises that they will be caught and severely punished.”
There are many support agencies that are available to offer help and guidance related to drug usage that are based both locally and nationally. CRI (Crime reduction initiatives) is an outreach service that offers advice, support and information working through NHS Brent and are a local based agency.
Katie, the project manager at CRI said: “CRI provides a free and confidential service for people in Brent who have substance misuse issues. We offer information, advice and support, as well as treatment and access to residential rehabilitation. We also support people to access a range of other agencies that can assist them on their journey of recovery.”
There is a 24hr Drugs Helpline that is free to call and will guide and assist you in accessing other services that may be able to meet your need.
Brent police together with partnership agencies would like to see those most vulnerable and in need get the help they require and work their way off drugs and back into society and to ensure that the community becomes a safer environment for all to be a part of, away from drugs and the associated crime that it evokes. If you know someone close to you or you yourself are taking drugs, please contact the help available and they will provide you with the help and support needed to lead a drug free life.
CRI Brent outreach & structured support service. Tel: 020 8955 9710
Narcotics Anonymous. Tel: 0300 999 1212
24-Hour Drugs Helpline. Tel: 0800 107 1754
NHS Direct. Tel: 0854 4647.
The correct web address is www.brentnw.co.uk (See earlier posting).
Willesden Green Police Station
96 High Road, London NW10 2PP
Telephone: 07502 426038
Welcome to our Christmas Newsletter. Since the clocks went back the evenings are getting darker earlier, which seems to make the days shorter. With this in mind, we would like to remind you all of some useful tips in advance of Christmas.
Christmas is a busy time for everyone - including criminals. Follow the Police advice below and don’t give thieves a chance.
Top Tips for a Safe Christmas
1 Keep presents & valuables out of sight, away from windows and doors. Close your curtains when it gets dark so burglars can’t see in.
2 Lock all windows and doors when you go out.
3 Make your home look occupied whilst you are out, leave some lights & a radio on or invest in timer switches, which can turn lights & radios on. Remember to turn off festive lights when unattended to avoid a fire.
4 When carrying bags make sure they are fastened securely – if you are a wheelchair user keep bags in front of you where you can see them.
5 Do not carry or withdraw large amounts of cash whilst shopping or socialising.
6 Do not flash your valuables – mobiles & purses – Keep them out of sight & secure in your bag or pocket.
7 When using public transport make that call or text before you leave the train station where it is well lit, staffed and safe, then put your mobile away.
8 Don’t leave bags of presents or shopping on display in your car – always use the boot & make sure you take valuables including your car stereo, SATNAV & holder with you when leaving your car.
9 Consider leaving your glove box open to show there is nothing in the car to break in for & always wipe away the circular ring left by the SATNAV suction pads.
10 Enjoy the festivities but be aware of your surroundings & plan how you will get home safely – arrange to travel home with friends & only use minicabs that are licensed. Text HOME to 60835.
11 When travelling don’t take risks or short cuts, stick to well lit main routes & let someone know where you are going.
12 Consider joining your local neighbourhood watch group. www.bnwa.org
For further crime prevention advice, contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or log on to www.met.police.uk/brent
If you need to report a crime call the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 or log on to www.online.met.police.uk
In an emergency always call 999
If you are deaf or have speech impairment you can use a textphone to call us. Dial 18000 in an emergency,
or 18001 if your call is not an emergency.
Their operators have access to professional interpreters so they can quickly translate your call if you cannot, or have difficulty, speaking English.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Numbers –
Harlesden – 0208 721 2051
Kensal Green – 0208 721 2055
Thank you to Brent Council for their support in providing funding to enable BNWA carry out their activities. Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Brent Neighbourhood Watch Association.