Posted on 9:34am Wednesday 1st April 2015
Headstone Manor & Museum host regular talks and lectures every other Tuesday in The Granary. I was invited to perform some poetry - and the audience joined in the chorus to my songs with gusto and a good time was had by all!
Posted on 3:21pm Monday 23rd March 2015
It is important for the police to be able to reach out to all the communities of London, ensuring we work together to fight crime.
Posted on 4:27pm Tuesday 17th March 2015
On Saturday, February 28 I attended Shaftesbury High School to be part of their morning assembly.
Posted on 12:03pm Monday 2nd March 2015
Pop into any Harrow library and you'll find entry forms for our Poetry Competition. Why not enter and have the chance to perform at Harrow Art Centre as well as having your poem exhibited in all Harrow libraries.
Where do you find poetry, a Mindfulness workshop, a prison chaplain, cookery demonstration and countless talks and discussions under one roof?
Posted on 9:14am Wednesday 18th February 2015
Poetry can be found where you least expect to find it. This year's Limmud Conference in Harrow boasts an exceptional line-up including Holocaust survivors, a prison chaplain, a discussion on whether luck has a role to play in life and nestled amongst these sessions you'll discover a poetry performance and also a poetry competition.
Posted on 8:48pm Sunday 8th February 2015
Last Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Barnet Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge. I found the experience to be mesmerising, inspirational and a timely reminder as to why we should nurture and value our youth as the ambassadors of the ”Better Tomorrow” that we all so frequently advocate and dream about.
Posted on 12:33pm Thursday 5th February 2015
Every Tuesday there's a talk ranging from Victorian food and drink to Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with many other subjects inbetween ... and best news is there's even poetry!
Posted on 11:15pm Tuesday 27th January 2015
Hear how the HMD events in Harrow went - perhaps your children/grandchildren took part.
Posted on 5:01pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014
On Friday November 28 we unveiled our Christmas tree outside South Harrow police station as part of the Commissioners Christmas Tree Campaign.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014
After many years of deep soul searching and various life experiences, I finally discovered a pathway to becoming the very best version of myself. It is now my pleasure to share some of these very simple tips with you in the hope that they will help you to establish for yourself a pathway to becoming the very best version of YOU!
Posted on 6:13pm Monday 11th August 2014
Age UK Harrow are pleased to announce the refurbishment of its existing confernce room facilities to transform it from a drab, boring, old 1960's room into a state-of-the-art, dynamic mult-function learning facility for the silver surfers. Bipin Dattani, one of Age (UK)'s Trustees gave up his weekend to supervise and carry furniture up 3 floors to the Age (UK), Harrow office after the lifts stopped working. Bipin ensured that the legacy left by Mr. Richard was utilised to help Harrow's older population learn IT Skills.
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 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 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 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 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 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 3:21pm Wednesday 7th September 2011
Harrow has seen falls in both violence and property crime. However we have seen a recent rise in street robbery. The main factors for this year’s increase are a rise in the theft of high-value smart phones and digital media players. Thefts of gold jewellery, where chains and necklaces are being stolen for sale on the second-hand gold market have also risen. We work closely with the second-hand gold industry looking at preventing thieves making financial gain from this crime.
Posted on 10:10am Tuesday 30th August 2011
Chief Superintendent Babu is currently enjoying a well-deserved break. I am acting Borough Commander with overall responsibility for policing in Harrow in his absence.
Posted on 3:30pm Monday 4th July 2011
The recent warm weather has led to an increase in burglaries that have taken place because householders have left windows open and doors unlocked. Please remember that over half of all burglaries occur in homes with windows left open (particularly at night) and when doors are left unlocked.