A senior Harrow councillor has called on the borough’s residents to show they can “work together” to improve community safety and combat crime.

Cllr Krishna Suresh, responsible for community cohesion at Harrow Council, urged as many people as possible to attend a ‘community engagement’ event in St Ann’s Shopping Centre this Friday (August 16).

The event, which is coordinated by Harrow Business Improvement District and the Metropolitan Police, focuses on how to keep safe in the borough.

It will feature speakers, entertainment and information stalls with contributions from local police officers and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Cllr Suresh said this is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about how they can stay safe in their day-to-day lives and how to help others.

He said: “When it comes to safety, it is not just the responsibility of the council or the Met, it is about what we call the whole community.

“Harrow has a great community that works together so it can achieve together.

“Without all these contributions, we would not be able to tackle anti-social behaviour, violence and drug issues.

“This event gives people the chance to find out how to act in certain situations and to say thank you to all those who help protect us.”

The event, which is being opened by the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Nitin Parekh, runs from 11am to 5pm.