I hope everyone is well. I would first like to share some good news. PCSO Mealey received an award from Chief Inspector Jones for ‘PSCO of the Month’ in February. It is good when officers get recognised for their hard work.
March was a busy month for the team; we had 15 arrests in total. Throughout March a lot of my time was taken up gather evidence to seek a Closure Order on an address in Bude Close, E17.
This power comes from Section 80 of the, Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The legislation is as follows;
“(a) that a person has engaged, or (if the order is not made) is likely to engage, in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour on the premises, or
(b) that the use of the premises has resulted, or (if the order is not made) is likely to result, in serious nuisance to members of the public, or
(c) that there has been, or (if the order is not made) is likely to be, disorder near those premises associated with the use of those premises, and that the order is necessary to”
The address has been high on the mark house agenda for some time now and due to exhausting all other avenues, it was agreed by several different agencies that this would be the next step to take.
Before a Closure Order is put on an address a Police Superintendant has to be satisfied that all evidenced gathered is suitable and a Closure Order justified. Once a Closure Order has been agreed the Superintendant can sign a ‘Closure Notice’ on an address for 48 hours. Within the 48 hours officer have to attend a Magistrates Court
Myself, PCSO Mealey and Sgt Johnston-Keay had a meeting with Ma’am Chinn and presented all the evidenced gathered to her. It was agreed that a Closure Notice would be put on the address for 48 hours with the intention to go to court within the 48 hours to obtain a Closure Order on the address.
Within the 48 myself and PCSO Mealey attended Stratford Magistrates Court, the case got adjourned. The case then got adjourned again until next week. I will let you know in the next update if we were successful. Whilst the case is adjourned the conditions for Closure Notice remained in place. The conditions are;
4) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (3) is liable on summaryconviction—
(a) to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months, or
(b) to a fine,
or to both.
(5) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) is liable on summary conviction—
(a) to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 51 weeks, or
(b) to a fine,
or to both.
(6) In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the reference in subsection (5)(a) to 51 weeks is to be read as a reference to 6 months.
The team has been busy with Operation Equinox again. Operation Equinox is an initiative which is being run met wide with the aim of reducing Violent Crime across London.
The initiative was due to run from October to December 2014 but due to the positive results and the reduction of violent offences across the borough it has been extended to run until April 2015. This has now been extended until November 2015.
Each night until April a van, capable of responding to emergency calls is crewed with 8 police officers and 1 sergeant. These officers respond to any calls whereby a threat of violence has been made.
Chief Inspector Mike Cowie has requested the following message be disseminated:
“The continuing deployment of TASER dedicated vehicle’s) has provided police with a lawful; necessary and proportionate deterrent to spontaneous incidents that require such a response, hence providing immediate reassurance to the public and officers, at this time across the borough we deploy four TASER officers, over 24 hours, for each of our emergency response teams shifts.. In ‘exceptional circumstances’ we will aim to deploy more than 4 taser officers per shift when available. This number provides police with a lawful; necessary and proportionate deterrent to these spontaneous incidents that require such a response, hence providing immediate reassurance to the public and officers on BOCU level, who may be faced with immediate violence or threat of violence. This is still a less lethal force option and officers’ are not specifically deployed to a call that ‘ May require a TASER trained officer’ , as this would be a pre-planned operation, however the visible deterrent is there and this has been widely advertised since inception, across the MPS via multi media avenues and the briefing of community groups”
Every couple of months Markhouse Ward holds a Ward Panel Meeting represented by local businesses, housing providers, councilors and residents. During which local issues, crime statistics and Markhouse ward concerns are discussed. As a result, three ‘Ward Promises” are set for the Markhouse Team to target over the following 2 months during their patrols.
These 3 ward promises selected during March 2015 are;
• To patrol the environs of Kelmscott School due to fears of personal
safety and drug activity involving pupils.
• To patrol Queens Road, E17 every shift to reduce ASB and Drug
taking in the area.
• To patrol Low Hall Lane/South Access road due to an increase in theft
from motor vehicle crime.
In May we are holding the next ward panel meeting.
This is closed for only ward panel members but an update will be provided after the meeting.
If you have any concerns or information, please do not hesitate to contact us, as the information we receive, helps us to build intelligence and cases against the persons causing the problems.
If you require to speak to us, please contact us on the following details;
Phone 0208 721 2649 (If we are unavailable and your matter is not an emergency, please leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP)
Phone 101 – In a non-emergency
Phone 999 – In an emergency
Email – Markhouse.NPT@met.pnn.police.uk
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Have a good week,
Markhouse Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team