Street plant in Wealdstone removed to prevent anti-social behaviour

Harrow Times: Street plant removed to prevent anti-social behaviour Street plant removed to prevent anti-social behaviour

Police ordered the removal of a street plant that they claim was a centre point for anti social behaviour.

The large plant pot was removed from Wealdstone High Street last week following action by Wealdstone Proactive Team working with Harrow Borough Council.

Police say it was a magnet for youths in the area would gather round the object and in the past officers have found drugs and weapons were being hidden in and around the planter.

Sergeant Tony McGovern from the Wealdstone team said: "Getting the support of a local business has enabled us to remove the planter and remove a focus point for the groups, which can cause problems in the high street.

"It is hoped this will be the start of work which together with the council will see Peel Road improve and feel safer for the people who regularly use it."

Leader of the council Susan Hall said: "This is a good example of the council and police working with the business community to take back the streets and deny wrongdoers a venue for their activities.

"Wealdstone has suffered for too long from gangs loitering on corners. They can be intimidating to other people, and when they drift into criminality it becomes more serious yet.

"Removing this planter makes the streets less hospitable to those intent on committing crime."

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10:08am Mon 24 Feb 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Every little action to help correct and deter anti-social elements is most welcome.Well done!Critics will no doubt start in unison now but one must do the right thing and leave barking dogs alone.
Every little action to help correct and deter anti-social elements is most welcome.Well done!Critics will no doubt start in unison now but one must do the right thing and leave barking dogs alone. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -8

1:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

SeaBee says...

Flatten Wealdstone and give the wrongdoers nowhere to hide.
Flatten Wealdstone and give the wrongdoers nowhere to hide. SeaBee
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Agree with the second half of your sentence,Seabee.
Agree with the second half of your sentence,Seabee. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -4

5:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Harrow Dude says...

Ironically the very next day after this story was published a man is stabbed in the High Street. Moving this plant pot will make little or no difference to the youths that frequent Wealdstone High St as they seem to think that they are untouchable.

Reintroduce the dispersal zone and a more visible police presence, that always seems to work...
Ironically the very next day after this story was published a man is stabbed in the High Street. Moving this plant pot will make little or no difference to the youths that frequent Wealdstone High St as they seem to think that they are untouchable. Reintroduce the dispersal zone and a more visible police presence, that always seems to work... Harrow Dude
  • Score: 7

12:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

rabbitz says...

When are they going to crack down on that skinny tall bald eastern european who is always drinking out side the derelict pub in wealdstone with his mates and doing drugs?
When are they going to crack down on that skinny tall bald eastern european who is always drinking out side the derelict pub in wealdstone with his mates and doing drugs? rabbitz
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