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Posted on 5:10pm Thursday 10th July 2014
On Monday, 23 June I attended the Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony at Harrow Civic Centre.
Posted on 9:19am Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Welcome to Age UK Harrow's new and regular Blog. I will be sharing information with you about our members, staff, volunteers and projects. I would like to start this week’s Blog to tell you about our Star Trustee and volunteer Ann Groves.
Posted on 1:01pm Thursday 29th May 2014
As I have mentioned many times it is my objective to make Harrow the Safest Borough in London.
Posted on 3:55pm Thursday 1st May 2014
May is the host of National Vegetarian Week which is taking place between 19th and 25th May. This got me thinking about some of the veggie friendly ingredients we use at Incanto which are perfect to include in home cooking.
Posted on 12:17pm Tuesday 29th April 2014
A delicious dessert, this recipe is straight from our kitchen at Incanto… Strawberry Bavarese Serves 3 Ingredients 3 free-range egg whites 250g caster sugar 150ml water 2.5 tsp of agar agar (vegetarian gelatine) 200g strawberries 50ml double cream Biscuit Base 225g digestive biscuits, crushed 60g butter - melted
Posted on 10:58am Monday 14th April 2014
With St George’s Day just around the corner, it got me thinking about the wonderful English ingredients currently in season featured on our spring menus. Here are a couple of my favourites for this month.
Posted on 2:50pm Wednesday 5th February 2014
My humble apologies for this long absence,with other pressing duties. Firstly,a huge thanks for turning up in force at the HPCCG July 8 meeting, which was most informative and moving.
Posted on 3:45pm Friday 13th December 2013
Bored of Christmas pudding or fancy a change this year? This week I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious bread and butter pudding made with panettone – a Christmas dessert with a fabulous Italian twist.
Posted on 5:02pm Thursday 4th July 2013
TALK on COMBATING RADICALISATION AND EXTREMISM by Counter-terrorism Command (SO15)
Posted on 1:26pm Monday 10th June 2013
I was very pleased to welcome six new police officers to Harrow on Monday. I spent time with them spelling out my expectations and sharing with them the issues facing us in Harrow. These are the first of the extra officers being posted to our Borough which will see our numbers rise considerably over the next few months. They have all been posted to Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and are already out fighting crime!
Posted on 11:03am Wednesday 5th June 2013
The tragic event in Woolwich is still at the forefront of people's thoughts and the police investigation is well underway. Harrow's community stands united in condemning this act of violence. I want to assure you that your police, here in Harrow, are doing everything possible to make sure that you are all able to go about your normal business in a safe and secure way. Together we can ensure that Harrow is not touched by any of the behaviour we have seen elsewhere. Catching burglars is a number one priority for us. We arrested three men on suspicion of burglary after a receiving an early morning call from a resident telling us that she could hear voices at the back of her house in Norman Crescent, Pinner. Officers arrested one man at the scene. His two accomplices fled across an open field before being arrested, in a nearby block of flats, after witnesses tipped off police who were chasing them. We charged all three with attempted burglary. This is another great result and shows that the community and police won't tolerate criminal behaviour and are working together to fight it. We've received a few reports recently of garden sheds being broken into. Thieves know that there are 'rich pickings' to be got from sheds and out-buildings and are after expensive garden tools and bicycles to sell on. Please make sure that you lock your sheds and out-buildings securely with good quality locks. Three high-value cars, stolen this week all on the same night, were as a result of the keys being left near the front doors of the premises. Thieves forced a front door, at one of the addresses, which hadn't been secured properly and took the car keys which had been left on the window sill. At the other address, which showed no signs of the door being forced, we suspect they used a tool which they pushed through the letterbox to 'fish' the keys from a table near the front door. Please remember when you get home, put your car keys in a safe place away from the front door and where they are not seen through the letterbox.
Posted on 1:11pm Tuesday 28th May 2013
The tragic events in Woolwich last week sent shock waves through all of our communities. Here in Harrow, one of the most racially diverse boroughs in London, it's understandable that there is concern from members of our community about their safety and the ramifications of such an event. I am overwhelmed by the support from the community for your local police. In particular, I was able to address all of Harrow's Councillors at their meeting in the Civic Centre last Thursday. I brought them up-to-date with events and explained to them all the action we are taking to provide reassurance in the community. They asked me lots of questions and offered me their support. Last Friday I also attended Harrow Central Mosque where I spoke to the entire congregation about what we are doing in Harrow. My message to you is, please carry on your normal business as usual and be reassured that the Metropolitan Police are doing everything within their ability to bring those responsible for this shocking attack to justice and to maintain peace and harmony in our community. It is at times like these when we are at our best in terms of community cohesion and mutual support.
Posted on 1:44pm Monday 20th May 2013
Officers from Harrow's Safer Transport Team attended the Harrow Deaf Awareness Day organised by the Harrow Asian Deaf Club in partnership with Harrow Council. This was a great opportunity for PC Percy Sillitoe, who is level one British Sign Language trained, to put to good use his skills to communicate important crime prevention messages and to understand the barriers that deaf people face when coming into contact with the police.
Fewer reports of burglary. Inconsiderate driver fined for parking illegally outside school. Cadets in recruitment drive.
Posted on 10:21am Monday 13th May 2013
I was invited to the official opening ceremony of Harrow Primary School in Gayton Road which is the first independent day school in Harrow with an Islamic ethos. I had a tour of the school and met with the school's founders, teaching staff and Head teacher. The facilities are impressive and the pupils and staff must feel very privileged to be working in such a positive environment. We continue to see a decrease in the number of burglaries reported, however by no means are we complacent. Just as I am writing, a call came in from a Stanmore resident reporting that he had seen a man jump into his back garden. There were also reports of another man in the same area acting suspiciously. Colleagues from the Air Support Unit assisted officers on the ground who stopped and detained two men in Ennerdale Avenue matching the descriptions. They are now on their way to the police station for further questioning. A good job done by all. And at court last week, a 24-year-old man received a two-year suspended prison sentence for carrying out a burglary in Wetheral Drive, in Stanmore. The man and an accomplice stole a flat screen TV from a house whilst a 15-year-old boy was at home at the time in his bedroom. The boy heard banging downstairs and just thought a family member had come home. It was only when the banging got louder and he heard someone running up and down the stairs that he became concerned and looked out of the window. He saw two men loading a flat screen TV into the boot of a taxi and immediately called police giving the registration number of the taxi. Acting swiftly on this information the officers located the taxi driver who took them to the address where he dropped the men off and arrested the defendant. A second suspect who ran off is still being pursued by officers. A motorist was given an £80 fine by Sgt Roni Doyle of Pinner Safer Neighbourhoods Team for parking illegally outside West Lodge School in Pinner. Several parents had complained to us about this driver's inconsiderate parking and when PCSOs Walker and O'Brien spoke to him he was very abusive and refused to move his car. Sgt Roni Doyle issued the driver of the black Volkswagen Golf with a fine for abusing members of her staff. Parking restrictions are in place for reasons especially outside schools and in this case it was clear the driver of this vehicle was putting his convenience before that of the safety of school children. Harrow's police cadets have been busy taking part in role play activities at Hendon Training School. Over 30 cadets were involved, enacting out scenes of burglary, criminal damage, drugs and public order offences to offer a realistic environment for trainee police officers which tested their knowledge. One trainee officer's diversity skills were put to the test when one of the young cadets refused to allow him to search her due to religious beliefs. During the recent Bank Holiday weekend, the cadets were helping out at the May Day event at Heritage Museum in Pinner View. Harrow Council hosted the family event which was visited by several hundred residents. In addition to assisting with stewarding and collecting entry tickets the cadets seized the opportunity to promote the police cadets scheme to which fourteen new recruits signed up to. If you would like to find out more about becoming a cadet or cadet leader visit our website at www.met.police.uk
Posted on 1:19am Thursday 2nd May 2013
On Sunday,28th April we were invited to a Thanksgiving Reception in honour of the current Mayor of Harrow,Cllr NIZAM ISMAIL,at the Harrow Central Mosque.He will be handing over charge to the incoming Mayor later this month.Prayers were offered by the Imams of various mosques in Harrow.
Posted on 9:00am Monday 22nd April 2013
I attended the AGM of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group last week and met with many of the ward panel members for the borough who so willingly give up their time to work with their Safer Neighbourhood Teams to tackle local concerns.
Posted on 12:19pm Tuesday 16th April 2013
This is my first blog since arriving at Harrow almost three weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that I am settling in well to my new role as Borough Commander.
Posted on 9:06am Tuesday 19th March 2013
If you live in the North Harrow area, you may have noticed some extra police activity this week as officers from Headstone South Safer Neighbourhoods team have been holding a Week of Action. Lots of community engagement events have taken place with officers visiting schools to deliver crime prevention advice to pupils, especially around street crime and theft of mobile phones. The Volunteer Police Cadets have been manning crime prevention stalls, offering members of the public advice against bogus callers and how to protect their homes. Officers have also been visiting licensed premises to check they are following the conditions of their license and officers on bicycles have been carrying out extra patrols in burglary hot-spot areas. Safer Neighbourhoods teams are dedicated to your community to find out who your team is go to www.met.police.uk/Site/saferneighbourhoods
Posted on 3:05pm Monday 11th March 2013
I have attended many meetings over the last few months with community groups, Harrow Council, Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group (HPCCG) and other partner agencies where I have explained the future plans for policing in Harrow and have made it clear that the number of police officers is set to increase from the current strength of 324 to 385. I also outlined our plans for the police estate. Wealdstone is set for closure and disposal which has been in the planning for many years; Pinner Police Station is an integral part of our infrastructure for the delivery of our Local Policing Plan and there are no proposals in the short or medium term for its closure or disposal.
Posted on 3:10pm Monday 4th March 2013
Last week we celebrated the first anniversary of Harrow's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which was set up especially to help vulnerable young people in the borough. The essence of the MASH is to bring key, safeguarding professionals together, to ensure that the most vulnerable young people across the borough get the best possible care. Harrow was one of the first boroughs in London to establish a Multi Safeguarding Hub; a unit consisting of police officers, police staff, social workers, health and drugs workers working under one roof, to ensure that important information relating to young and vulnerable people is shared effectively between all the agencies and acted upon quickly. The concept of this partnership approach has proved to be invaluable and we look forward to further successes in the coming years.
Posted on 10:23am Monday 25th February 2013
Inspector Aiden Whelan has nominated PCSOs Diane Harris and Robert Chidgey from Greenhilll Safer Neighbourhoods Team as officers of the week for assisting with the arrest of a man driving a car illegally and dangerously. PCSOs Harris and Chidgey concerns were raised when they pulled up alongside a Honda Civic waiting at traffic lights on Station Road, Harrow near Tesco and noticed an inordinate number of people within the car. They called for assistance from police officers before pulling the car over to the side of the road to speak to the driver. The officers told the driver to let the passengers out for their own safety and were astonished when six children and three adults, including the driver, piled out of the car. One of the children had been sitting in the footwell of the front passenger seat, hiding under the front passenger's legs. Had it not been for the sharp observations of these officers, the driver, who was arrested for numerous driving offences and had his car seized for driving without insurance, would still be driving dangerously around the streets of Harrow. Well done
Posted on 12:04pm Monday 18th February 2013
My first full week in post as Acting Borough Commander, has been a whirlwind of meetings. The Metropolitan Police and Harrow are undergoing significant structural changes in preparation for the Local Policing Model which will be in place later this year. The objective of the new model is to improve the delivery of high quality policing services in a more effective and cost efficient way, in order to become the best police service in the world. I am confident that Harrow has a great management team in place, capable of delivering this model on the borough.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 11th February 2013
I feel a great sense of privilege and pride to be Borough Commander of Harrow following Dal Babu's retirement from the Met Police last week. I will be carrying out the role in a temporary capacity, until Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens arrives to take up his position on a permanent basis. Harrow's new Deputy Borough Commander is Acting Superintendent Ben Honey.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 4th February 2013
This is my last week at Harrow Borough and I must admit that as I write this blog I have mixed feelings - on the one hand I think I will be leaving the best job in the world, whilst on the other hand I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with my two beautiful daughters, Shanti and Suraiya.
Posted on 4:08pm Tuesday 29th January 2013
Last week I mentioned a card and courier scam that is doing the rounds at the moment, and still seems to be catching out members of the public, particularly the elderly. Please don't be fooled by someone calling you up, pretending to be from your bank and saying that there have been some fraudulent transactions on your account. This message in itself is not unusual, sometimes banks do notify us if they believe our accounts have been compromised, however it's the next step of the scam where the danger lies. The caller then asks you to key in your PIN and tells you that they will send a courier to your home address to collect your card for them to destroy. Once the fraudster has your PIN and collected your card, they spend your money! Please don't be fooled, banks will NEVER ask you to reveal you PIN and if they believe your card had been used fraudulently, they will tell you to destroy it yourself, at home. Please pass this information onto elderly family members, friends and neighbours to raise their awareness of this scam.
Posted on 3:17pm Friday 11th January 2013
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne and Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh delivered a presentation on the Mayor's police and crime plan
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 1st January 2013
2012 has been an amazing year and the police in Harrow have been at the centre of making this special year a success in terms of crime reduction both here in Harrow and across the Metropolitan Police Service as a whole.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 18th December 2012
I would like to thank to the leaders of Harrow Central Mosque for kindly hosting the Borough Commander's Commendation Ceremony on Monday. I would also like to thank our guest of honour, MP KeithVaz. This was an extremely moving event - it's always a pleasure to reward officers and staff for outstanding hard work and achievements and nothing pleases me more than seeing the proud look on the faces of the families of officers and staff who attend the event. I had the opportunity to chat with some of the families and thank them personally for their understanding especially at times when officers have to often work long hours or are called out on duty at short notice.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 10th December 2012
Burglars are still forcing UPVC doors to break into homes across Harrow and I would like to remind anyone who has this type of door that the door is only securely locked if the handle is lifted to engage the locking mechanism and the door is then locked with the key. Some people still don't appear to know this and are leaving their homes vulnerable.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 3rd December 2012
We hosted a delegation of Egyptian police officers last week, invited to the UK by the United Nations to learn about policing in London. The Egyptian officers were particularly interested in the community engagement work carried out by our Safer Neighbourhoods officers and the huge contribution made by our special constables and volunteers. Visits like this make me very proud of this borough and the police officers and staff who serve on it. We would like to thank Harrow Mosque and Harrow School for welcoming our guests as part of their visit to the borough.
Posted on 10:05am Monday 26th November 2012
We started the week off with the Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) community football event at Harrow School. This event saw young people from across Harrow's schools come together to play in a football tournamant which was attended by the Chair of the Football Association David Bernstein, The Headmaster of Harrow Boys School Jim Hawkins, Sky News Presenter Gillian Joseph, international referee David Ellery, Kevin Coleman from 'Kick It Out' and ex Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion footballer Brendon Batson.
Posted on 10:24am Monday 19th November 2012
I attended the monthly meeting of Borough Commanders last week and I am pleased to report that we continue to see a reduction in crime across the borough, which also means fewer victims. However, I am concerned about burglaries and ask people to follow some basic crime prevention advice. To protect your home from intruders, please ensure that all windows and doors are secured and where possible, locked with keys. If you have a UPVC door, lift the handle, lock the door with the key and then remove the key and store in a safe place. Use timer switches to make your home look occupied when you are out and leave a radio on. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, don't approach them, contact police by calling 999. Last week we charged an 18 year old man with burglary and theft after receiving a call from a vigilant member of the public.
Posted on 10:45am Monday 12th November 2012
I would like to express my thanks to Harrow's Deputy Borough Commander, Detective Superintendent Neil Wilson for writing last week's blog whilst I was on holiday with my family in North Wales. Neil told me how honoured he was to be so warmly welcomed at the consecration of the new Greek Orthodox Church on Kenton Road. We look forward to working closely with Harrow's Greek Orthodox community in the months and years ahead.
Posted on 10:17am Monday 5th November 2012
Chief Superintendent Babu is enjoying some time off with his family this week therefore as Deputy Borough Commander it's my pleasure to bring you the latest borough, police news and to keep you updated with what's happening locally.
Posted on 1:21pm Monday 29th October 2012
I was out patrolling last week with PC Ali Hinchliff who was seriously injured in the stabbing in Kingsbury last year and is now back on the streets of Harrow. PC Hinchliff is an extremely fit officer who regularly competes in triathlons; he gave me some excellent advice before I started my charity bicycle ride from London to Paris with former Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion football player Brendan Batson. I was invited to take part in this ride in order to raise funds for a hospice in the West Midlands who looked after Brendon Batson's wife after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 22nd October 2012
Last Saturday, Detective Superintendent Simon Rose from Brent borough and I were interviewed by PC Mahesh Nandha on the Asian TV channel MATV. The programme focused on burglary prevention as part of the Met's Operation Autumn Nights. I was pleased to work again with Simon who was on my team when I was promoted to Sergeant and Simon was a new PC.
Posted on 12:00am Monday 15th October 2012
Last week Inspector Paul Freeman completed his last day on duty before his retirement from the Met Police after over 30 years' service. The Deputy Borough Commander Neil Wilson and I persuaded Paul's wife to arrive at the police station at 6.30 am on his last morning serving as a police officer and we surprised Inspector Freeman, interrupting him as he was conducting his last briefing to his team. I was pleased to say a few words of thanks to an outstanding officer.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 9th October 2012
Officer of the week is A Team's PC Tom Harding who was one of the four officers seriously injured last November in a stabbing in Kingsbury. I am delighted to say that Tom has now returned to work and is glad to be back working alongside PCs Ali Hinchcliff, Andy Robb and Graeme Barker who were also seriously injured in the incident. I have been incredibly impressed by the resolve shown by these officers and their determination to return to work at the earliest opportunity. Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare however when they do happen the entire police family pulls together to support our colleagues.
Posted on 11:35am Monday 1st October 2012
I have been covering night duty across London this week and have visited a number of boroughs where I have been posted as a PC and Sergeant . I reviewed and extended a detention at Haringey Custody and it brought back memories of arrests I made 29 years ago as a young probationer. All the officers I have supported this week have been totally professional and are looking forward to working back on their boroughs after helping to deliver the most successful Olympics ever.