Po­lice: No rest un­til our bor­ough is safe

Prom­ise comes af­ter two vi­o­lent mur­ders in one week shock com­mu­nity

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PO­LICE have said they “will not rest” un­til Hilling­don is “the most hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment” for vi­o­lent crim­i­nals, af­ter two mur­ders and a se­ries of vi­o­lent at­tacks were re­ported in the bor­ough in a sin­gle week.

On Fri­day Jan­uary 30, a mother-of-two was stabbed to death at her home in Colling­wood Road, Uxbridge. A man has since ap­peared in court charged with her mur­der.

Then on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, po­lice ar­rested a man and sec­tioned him un­der the Men­tal Health Act fol­low­ing a se­ries of al­leged at­tacks in Ruis­lip. And the fol­low­ing day, a fa­ther-of-three was gunned down in Vine Lane, Uxbridge, in what mur­der de­tec­tives be­lieve was a “tar­geted” attack. No ar­rests have been made.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Nick Down­ing, pic­tured be­low, Hilling­don Bor­ough Com­man­der for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, said: “In six days we have seen three vi­o­lent in­ci­dents oc­cur in the bor­ough of Hilling­don which have re­sulted in two deaths. All three in­ci­dents are cur­rently un­der ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by spe­cial­ists teams, who are work­ing tire­lessly to bring those who are in­volved to jus­tice. I must stress that all three crimes are iso­lated.”

He added: “Clearly no form of vi­o­lence has any place in Hilling­don. We will not rest un­til we make ev­ery ef­fort to make this bor­ough the most hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment for any­one in­tent on com­mit­ting se­ri­ous vi­o­lence.

“At present po­lice of­fi­cers are con­duct­ing con­tin­ued high visibility pa­trols across the bor­ough of Hilling­don to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and a vis­i­ble pres­ence in sup­port of the com­mu­nity. Cru­cially we are lis­ten­ing to, and act­ing on, any con­cerns which may come to light.

“We are in con­tin­ual li­ai­son with our part­ners and com­mu­nity mem­bers to es­tab­lish any op­por­tu­ni­ties to strengthen our long-term com­mit­ment to tack­ling se­ri­ous vi­o­lence. Pro­tect­ing our com­mu­nity re­mains our top pri­or­ity and we will not rest un­til we de­liver the high­est level of polic­ing in our cap­i­tal. “As ever, we con­tinue to en­cour­age those who live and work in Hilling­don to speak to our polic­ing teams. Your voice could ul­ti­mately be­come a pow­er­ful tool in the in­ter­ven­tion and de­tec­tion of crime.” Any­one con­cerned is asked to con­tact their lo­cal polic­ing team, or tweet @MPSHilling­don.

Turn to page 7 for more on the Vine Road shoot­ing

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