Police: No rest until our borough is safe
Promise comes after two violent murders in one week shock community
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