Clapham Common Policing News – February 2016

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This is the Abbeville Road and Clapham Common Ward Policing News Update for February 2016. To keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments you can also follow us on Twitter @MPSClaphamCom. This month’s featured image shows the team prior to a drugs raid, ably assisted by our Special Constabulary.

PC Fares and PC Brown had an excellent result while out on foot in Clapham. Their attention was drawn to a male and after a footchase he was subsequently stopped and searched and found in possession of a quantity of suspected crack cocaine. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and we hope to provide a further update in due course.

We also continue to work with Lambeth Council and housing providers to ensure that criminals feel the consequences of their actions to the fullest possible extent, with a number of eviction proceedings reaching conclusions for individuals concerned in the production and supply of illegal drugs in Clapham on both the Notre Dame and Oakland Estates.

On a separate note I was pleased to organise a Development Day for all of Lambeth’s Dedicated Ward Officers. It was a useful chance for – arguably – Lambeth’s biggest and most impactful team to meet and actually catch up and share learnings. The Day provided every officer with access to additional IT systems to assist in their fight on crime as well as inputs from partners and interactive sessions.

We are also contributing to Lambeth Council’s Action Plan for improving the safety of the Notre Dame Estate, following our Ward Panel priority on this topic.

We have continued to do our best to tackle knife crime with regular support from the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG), with an arrest taking another knife off the streets of Clapham:

Arrests piled in thick and fast in February, with several for being drunk and disorderly and others for drugs.

Burglary remains an issue for the Ward and we have been conducting patrols to target this during the day. We have also been continuing to conduct a number of night patrols tackling burglary and car crime, with our focus on the hotspots within the area. Over the course of these patrols we are vigilant for both possible suspects but also with a view to preventing crime, where we identify vulnerabilities (e.g. insecure premises).

We were also fortunate in being joined by some of Lambeth’s excellent volunteer Special Constables in February. These officers have the same powers as regular Police Constables and so are a valuable addition to our resources. They provided additional numbers and capacity when we recently executed a drugs raid.

The drugs raid saw 4 arrests relating to offences covering drug supply, handling stolen goods, possession of offensive weapons and firearms offences.

We hope that this update demonstrates our commitment to tackling crime, illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour wherever it exists in the Abbeville Road area and Clapham Common Ward. We regularly patrol 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 claphamcommon.snt@met.police.uk 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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