Clapham Common Policing News – December 2015

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

We kicked off December with several drugs raids on addresses in Clapham. The warrants saw several individuals dealt with in relation to the possession of drugs. We were ably assisted by Police Dog Izzy who helped sniff out some of the drugs recovered.

We also recovered two imitation firearms at the start of December, helping take these items off the street. While neither were ‘real guns’ the sad reality is that if one is pointed at you then you are unlikely to be able to tell the difference. What’s more, individuals possessing such items – especially those involved in or linked to, for example, drugs activity, are placing themselves, the public and police at unnecessary risk of harm. One of the weapons is shown below:

We also spent extra time patrolling the Notre Dame Estate and meeting with many residents. The aim of the patrols has been to make the estate more hostile to those seeking to engage in criminal activity, so that those carrying knives or dealing drugs from the stairwells are either caught or disrupted.

At the Tenants’ and Residents’ Association meeting in December the Volunteer Police Cadets attended and read a moving poem, ‘Cold Pavement’ on the topic of knife crime by @OpinionsofNaiya. You can read the poem, in full, yourself here.

The meeting was open and frank with some robust discussion between all parties. We hope to provide further updates with regards estate security improvements in the new year based on discussions with our partners. In the meanwhile, we will be continuing our increased patrols to help get more knives off the street:

In mid-December we kept our focus on pro-active patrols, working late into the night and covering the Abbeville Road corridor, sidestreets and the Oaklands and Notre Dame Estates. We know how much our pro-active patrols are valued by local residents and will be continuing these in the new year, in line with our Ward Promises.

In the run up to Christmas, and with our Ward Priority of burglary in mind, we were generously assisted by Lambeth’s Volunteer Police Cadets delivering crime prevention leaflets across the area:

We were also fortunate to be joined at the Church of the Holy Spirit’s Candlelit Carol Concert by the Borough Commander of Lambeth, Richard Wood. It was a great opportunity for residents to meet myself and Mr Wood and it was also touching to hear such positive feedback from so many residents on the work that we do.

In the final part of December we conducted a series of night patrols to disrupt burglars and car criminals, with a number of stop and searches and a number of arrests, with one on the final night shift for a prolific burglar who was arrested for going equipped to steal.

Finally, for New Year’s Eve, Sergeant Mohammadi and I were redeployed on Central AID to cover the area around Westminster Bridge, with the remainder of the team covering the Ward.

On behalf of the team, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year and trust that in 2016 we will continue to work together, with you, to help fight crime, drive it down, and keep it down.

We hope that this update demonstrates our continued commitment to tackling crime, illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour wherever it exists in the Abbeville Road area and 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 crime be provided in the usual fashion and by Crimestoppers if you prefer to do so anonymously (0800 555 111).

If you’d like to receive news updates via email you can sign up to Neighbourhood Link or email the team at and request to be added to the Ward Panel Newsletter. If you feel we have missed something out or would like us to address a particular issue, please do get in touch.

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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