Clapham Common Policing News – June 2015

This is the Clapham Common Ward Policing News Update for June 2015. To keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments you can also follow us on Twitter @MPSClaphamCom.

The highlight in June had to be the glorious Abbeville Fete (@AbbevilleFete), held on Saturday 27 June 2015. We were delighted to be able to bring another vintage police car along in the form of an Austin 1100 from the Metropolitan Police Historic Vehicle Collection (@MPHVC). We were also joined by our Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, who enjoyed the chance to meet many of the residents and visitors to the Fete. We were also able to get one of our more modern police cars along and both children and adults enjoyed the opportunity to imagine being either in Heartbeat or on their way to a 999 call in 2015!

Finally, an enormous thank you to the organisers of the Abbeville Fete who do an incredible job making such an event possible and ensuring it goes off every year with great success! This year a grand total of over £31,000 was raised for local charities that make a real difference. We look forward to seeing you all again next year on Saturday 25 June 2016, if not sooner!

We continued our patrols of our local estates, including the Oaklands Estate and the Notre Dame Estate. We have recovered a large quantity of knives from the estate in recent weeks and months and continue to proactively patrol the estate. We will use our powers of Stop and Search appropriately where we suspect prohibited items are being carried. We thank those residents who support our efforts since our goal is to keep residents and visitors to the estate safe – and young people in particular.

We also received confirmation that following a local campaign by residents and councillors a significant road safety improvement has been secured for the junction of Abbeville Road and Elms Road. The junction is very busy with school children and young families regularly having to cross the road and has also been the scene of a number of collisions in recent months. We hope to provide a further update once construction dates are known.

We also had a cracking result on one of our night shifts, where the team led by Sergeant Dowman and PC Geoghegan arrested a prolific burglar in Clapham. The burglar was wanted in relation to six burglaries and since his arrest has been charged with several of these and remanded in custody. The suspect is a prolific burglar and the arrest can be expected to significantly reduce the number of burglaries occurring in the Clapham area.

We hope that this demonstrates our continued commitment to tackling drugs, crime and anti-social behaviour wherever it exists on Clapham Common ward. We continue regular patrols of stairwells, communal areas and open spaces. We appreciate the continued support of our residents and would ask any information regarding drugs or crime be provided in the usual fashion and by Crimestoppers if you prefer to do so anonymously (0800 555 111).

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About the Author

PC Rory Geoghegan
I was the Dedicated Ward Officer for Clapham Common Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth until May 2016. I’m a former strategy consultant and criminal justice researcher. As a Dedicated Ward Officer I was something of a foot and cycle patrol fanatic! All views expressed are/were personal opinions and the usual disclaimers apply.

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