Meeting re Northcote Footbridge

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There will be a meeting with Councillors and Police at the Northcote Footbridge on FRIDAY 24th November, at 13.00

All residents are welcome to attend.

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Follow Up Mopeds

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Follow up on yesterday’s email on mopeds

There have been further attacks reported by Orleans secondary school of pupils having personal belongings stolen from them by riders on mopeds on the last couple of days. Please be extra careful with bags, phones etc while on the streets.

Last night I emailed our local councillors, Alex Ehmann, Ben Khosa and Geoff Acton and I have received assurances from all three that this has gone the the Borough Police Commander and the Councillor responsible for transport re barriers and other methods of prevention on the footbridge on Northcote road. The flurry of emails I have been copied in on suggests that the borough as a whole is facing a big problem with moped related crime, and that there is clear recognition of the unique situation that we have here with the footbridge.

There was a suggestion of meeting with residents, so I will pass on details if and when that materialises.

Please keep reporting anything suspicious and don’t hesitate to use 999 if you think it is necessary.

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Claw Hammer attack in St Georges Road

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The following incident took place on St Georges Road, on the other side of the St Margarets Road, yesterday around 16.45 in the afternoon.

A resident was returning home in the car with his 10 year old and noticed 2 people on a moped acting oddly. As he parked on the drive one of the men came over and started to talk to him about having a number plate stolen and had he seen anything but keeping on his helmet, he also had a balaclava under the helmet. The resident was still in the car. He then asked for the time and when he didn’t give it he grabbed the car keys from the ignition. His son was still in the car so the resident tried to get the keys back and they struggled. The man then pulled out a large claw hammer and started shouting demanding the resident’s watch, coming towards him. He threw his fitbit at him. One of the men picked up the fitbit and realised it wasn’t a watch and they then became more threatening saying he was giving him 5 seconds still coming towards him with the hammer. By this time, his wife was speaking to the emergency services giving the address and they left on the bike.

As she came out she came out they took no notice of her as she asked what was going on and her husband shouted to call the police. Even as she was standing on the doorstep calling 999 they still didn’t leave but continued shouting and threatening. They only let when they thought the police were on their way.

The police think they know who it is. They are putting on extra patrols this evening.

The resident is OK just shocked and a few cuts and grazes. Their 10 year old son is just very frightened, he stayed in the car the whole time.

Needless to say, if you see youths hanging around on mopeds, the frequency and severity of crime we are experiencing right now suggests get to a place of safety and call either 999 if a crime is happening, or 101 if you feel unsafe/unsure.

There has also been a report today of a handbag snatch from a lady on Richmond High Street, by a thief on a moped. Please be extra careful of your bags as it seems it is too easy to snatch something from a shoulder of hand when travelling on a moped at speed.

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Parcels being stolen – re-send for lots more added to the list

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There have been a spate of thefts recently of parcels left on doorsteps going missing.

It has become fairly common practice to leave parcels on doorstep, Amazon being the worst offenders for this, and someone has targeted our neighbourhood in helping herself to parcels on doorsteps.

Luckily, she has been captured on film by a resident and we are able to share this with you all.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kw3ry830lucvas6/LadyStealingParcel.mp4?dl=0

So, this is a woman in her 20s or 30s, pushing a buggy with a child in it and a small lint brown/ginger dog on a lead. She is helping herself to what appears to be multiple parcels from front doors in our streets.

Please, if you find parcels have gone missing, report this to 101 and refer to this footage which has been sent to the police.

In addition to this, there is a Police Meeting taking place which residents are welcome to attend.

These meetings are arranged three times a year and it’s an opportunity for Coordinators and residents to come and talk to us about your concerns, to hear about crime issues and trends in the ward and what your local police team are doing to tackle it.

On this occasion, Adults Safeguarding Team will be attending our meeting to show a worthwhile PowerPoint as part of multiagency working with Health Professionals and Police reaching out to the wider community.

Also, Chris Connelly, RFU Community Relations Officer will be there and St Margaret’s and North Twickenham dedicated Police Officers.

Police Liaison Group (PLG) Meeting
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7.00 p.m.
Twickenham Stadium, RFU, Whitton Road, TWICKENHAM TW1 7BA

Please let Eugenia Venour know if you would like to attend:
Eugenia.Venour@met.pnn.police.uk

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DOORSTEP PARCEL THEFT

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There have been a spate of thefts recently of parcels left on doorsteps going missing.

It has become fairly common practice to leave parcels on doorstep, Amazon being the worst offenders for this, and someone has targeted our neighbourhood in helping herself to parcels on doorsteps.

Luckily, she has been captured on film by a resident and we are able to share this with you all.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kw3ry830lucvas6/LadyStealingParcel.mp4?dl=0

So, this is a woman in her 20s or 30s, pushing a buggy with a child in it and a small lint brown/ginger dog on a lead. She is helping herself to what appears to be multiple parcels from front doors in our streets.

Please, if you find parcels have gone missing, report this to 101 and refer to this footage which has been sent to the police.

In addition to this, there is a Police Meeting taking place which residents are welcome to attend.

These meetings are arranged three times a year and it’s an opportunity for Coordinators and residents to come and talk to us about your concerns, to hear about crime issues and trends in the ward and what your local police team are doing to tackle it.

On this occasion, Adults Safeguarding Team will be attending our meeting to show a worthwhile PowerPoint as part of multiagency working with Health Professionals and Police reaching out to the wider community.

Also, Chris Connelly, RFU Community Relations Officer will be there and St Margaret’s and North Twickenham dedicated Police Officers.

Police Liaison Group (PLG) Meeting
Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7.00 p.m.
Twickenham Stadium, RFU, Whitton Road, TWICKENHAM TW1 7BA

Please let Eugenia Venour know if you would like to attend:
Eugenia.Venour@met.pnn.police.uk

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Northcote Road Incident Update

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A further update from the same resident that experienced the brick through their window, with some footage

Just parked my car up by the footbridge just as 2 boys on a moped (1 black helmet, 1 white helmet) rode over the bridge towards the church. One got off at the corner of Haliburton and appeared to be getting something out of a small suitcase. The moped then headed off down Newry Rd. Not sure if both people still on it. The Hive cameras caught blurred footage we think these are the guys we reported in July shortly before a burglary was then reported on Haliburton. I’ve called 999 and asked them to check it out as people are away for half term/houses are empty.

A few days later……

Unfortunately neighbours living on Northcote (near the corner of Haliburton where one guy got off to get his tools out) just got back from their holiday, don’t know details but they’ve had a break in and an expensive bike stolen.

This link is to some footage of the bikes travelling down Northcote Road as captured by the resident

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e79b744cde9f921b93e75b8dc/files/ff739ea6-8725-49c7-8aa6-0be5a4b5b321/Northcote_Footage.mp4

If anyone sees this moped with these riders on the street, please, please call 101 and report it immediately as we are clearly being targeted at the moment.

There seem to have been spate of burglaries from sheds recently across our area and across the other side of the St Margarets Road in the SMERA area. Police have said that St Margarets is becoming a hotspot for this type of crime because wealthier houses in Richmond have more sophisticated alarm systems, while we tend not to have these as standard in our area. Police have advised that the thieves are after bikes, golf clubs and power tools which are easily removed from unlocked sheds.

Police recommend that movement sensor lights in gardens are a big deterrent, hive/nest cameras are also very good, and finally, the most obvious is to make sure your shed is locked!

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Motorbike theft and brick through window – PLEASE READ!

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This is the account from a very vigilant resident of an event that took place on Northcote Road this week.

"At 5.45pm Tuesday 3rd October I was walking across the footbridge back from a supermarket trip. I saw 2 men sitting on 2 black motorbikes. One of the motorbikes had been parked there since Friday – registration RO15 BKY. The men were all dressed in black with black motorbike helmets on, visors open but wearing headwear similar to balaclavas. They immediately clocked me and kept their eyes on me. At the time I didn’t realise I’d disturbed them but I did feel uncomfortable with their behaviour and the way they were dressed. They kept their eyes on me as I walked towards my house to let myself in through the front door. When I peaked out of the window they were still starring at our house and deliberately holding eye contact with myself and my husband.

Shortly after entering my house a large white Ford Transit van with a reg plate SC56 BMZ reversed up towards the footbridge and stopped next to the men on motorbikes. Police have confirmed that this van does not have a registered driver. It has black and red writing along the back saying MAN + VAN and a mobile number 079080 54497 number which no one is answering when the Police call. The man got out the van and opened his back doors whilst the men with motorbikes peered inside. Some words were exchanged, we were pointed at again and the man with the van shut the doors again and headed off. Neighbours have confirmed that this van was not delivering a parcel to anyone.

Roughly 1 min after the van left, the motorbikes edged forwards slowly pointing at our house and waving fists. They did this a number of times, standing on the bikes to look in over the shutters. This behaviour was reported via 101 straight away.

2 hours later at around 8pm, motorbikes were heard approaching from the footbridge. I was in the loft with my daughter and able to see out of the Velux windows. The same men had returned. A loud crash was heard, after which we realised our front by window had been smashed through with a brick which was thrown from the motorcyclists. 15 minutes earlier a 9 year old girl had been sitting in the chair under the window. The motorcyclists were seen throwing the brick by 2-3 neighbours and saw them speed off towards St Margarets Rd."

The police have responded to this incident and will be increasing their presence around the area for the next few days, both marked and unmarked cars.

We do seem to be plagued with motorbike and moped theft in the area, so the police have asked us to all be very vigilant and to report ANY suspicious behaviour. Please do take photos and footage if you can, but make sure you do it without putting yourself at risk. This was an appalling crime and could have had far more serious consequences.

Don’t forget that if you see any crime being committed, it is 999 for immediate attention. Use 101 to report after the event or suspicious behaviour/youths hanging around.

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