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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mothers tackle gang culture

This Is Local London
By Dal Babu »

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.

L to R Veloria Williams, Hana Ali, Barbara Miller, Gillian Joseph and Vanessa Booth

The tournament was an enormous success and played in good spirit, even when the participants were told that the teams would be mixed up so that they would be playing alongside boys from other schools against their classmates. Afterwards, each player was presented with a goody bag from the FA organised by Funke Awoderu and Panna Vekaria from Vascroft Building Company and were given complimentary match tickets from Barnet FC. I was particularly impressed with Barbara Miller, the current chair of Mothers Against Gangs who spoke on the day and encouraged the boys to tell their mothers about the newly-formed group and the work that they do within the community. I am determined to build on the success of Mothers Against Gangs which has seen joint visits from police, the local authority and MAG to the homes of children involved in anti-social behaviour and criminality, resulting in a reduction of crime.

I am pleased to say that two new PCSOs joined the borough this week. Danielle Kentsley will be working on Roxbourne SNT and Anda Ben-Chaim will be joining Hatch End SNT. I met Danielle who has recently come back from a trip of lifetime to Thailand and is getting stuck into being a PCSO. Over the next few weeks they will both be familiarising themselves with their new roles within the police family which inevitably means working evenings and weekends.

Officers of the week are PCSOs Elaine Charalambous and Wesley Best from Wealdstone Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Their Sergeant Paul Mills is extremely impressed with the professionalism and dedication they showed to the victims of a recent burglary in Wealdstone ensuring they were fully informed and kept updated with the progress of the investigation. The officers also bought the victims a tin of chocolates before visiting them, demonstrating that victim care is at the forefront of their minds.

Burglary continues to be Harrow's priority and we have made some key arrests this week however, we continue to ask you to follow our basic crime prevention message:

PCSOs Wesley Best and Elaine Charalambous

Leave a low-energy bulb on when you leave your home unoccupied.
Leave a radio on when you are out.
Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secured.
Officers and PCSOs are visiting homes this week reminding all householders of these simple message to ensure they stay safe.

If you are the owner of a Smart car please be aware that we have had several reports this week of wheels being stolen from these cars. We encourage you to park in a well-lit area and report any suspicious activity immediately to police.

Some of you may have noticed that several police officers in Harrow have embraced Movember. We decided that we wanted to raise money and awareness for men's health. Over 50 officers and staff have grown moustaches this November is support of this extremely worthy cause.

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