Clapham Common Policing News – January 2016

This is the Abbeville Road and Clapham Common Ward Policing News Update for January 2016. To keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments you can also follow us on Twitter @MPSClaphamCom. (Pic Credit: @ClphmCommonMAC)

We hit the ground running in January conducting eight simultaneous drug raids on the Notre Dame Estate in Clapham, seeking to deter and disrupt the supply of drugs, and in turn to prevent violence and persistent anti-social behaviour. The operation was successful, identifying a number of crack dens marked for closure and quantities of both Class A and Class B drugs being recovered from a number of premises. Arrests were also made in relation to the possession and supply of Class A drugs.

To provide you with an idea of what some of these premises look like, you can see this crack den pictured below. Premises such as these can now, on application to a Court, be shut using new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation:

We will continue our work to target drug dealing, violence and anti-social behaviour both on the Estate and across the Ward in the weeks and months ahead. Furthermore, we will not tolerate finding uncapped discarded hypodermic needles in the stairwells of our estates. No child should have to walk by this on their way to school.

On a lighter note, while making my way back from Brixton I bumped into an American NBC crew in the UK filming some material regarding policing so I said hello. I did try to persuade them to come and film on Abbeville Road in Clapham, but I think they were on a tight schedule!

On Tuesday 19th January 2016 the Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board met to discuss their regular business and also to hear more about the work and issues faced by the community and police on the Notre Dame Estate.

In the middle of January’s cold snap, we also went out on patrol with Lambeth Council Homeless Outreach workers and Immigration Enforcement to provide support to those rough sleepers frequenting Clapham Common, but also to prevent criminality and anti-social behaviour.

The following week it was time for our regular Ward Panel, which continues to be well-attended and which we would encourage any interested residents to attend. It is generally an hour long and provides a valuable opportunity for local residents to express any concerns, find out about policing activity and of course to meet the team.

We continue to use stop and search and other powers to target those engaged in criminality, with recent arrests by PC Brown and I for obstruction, possession of drugs and breach of bail.

The team also attended a Mental Health Assessment towards the end of January which saw the team having to deal with a male armed with axes and knives; demonstrating that what police deal with in 2016 extends far beyond ‘just crime’.

Finally, just a quick reminder of your Local Dedicated Ward team. Myself and PC Brown are your Dedicated Ward Officers, we are supported by a number of colleagues, and we report to Sergeant Mohammadi and Inspector Rutland.

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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