Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion isn’t mak­ing Hayes safe

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

DE­SPITE Hilling­don Coun­cil’s gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of Hayes Town it is STILL a no-go area for the vul­ner­a­ble: ie chil­dren, fam­i­lies, the el­derly – aka bona-fide res­i­dents.

Last week there was a ma­jor con­fronta­tion at McDon­ald’s in Hayes Town when a se­ri­ous fight broke out be­tween at least two eth­nic gangs of youths. Win­dows were bro­ken, the largely young fe­male staff were fright­ened out of their lives, along with very scared cus­tomers. It ap­pears to be a cen­tre for drug deal­ing the deal­ers clearly sit­ting in the win­dows looking out but never pur­chas­ing any­thing. De­spite com­plaints from reg­u­lar cus­tomers McDon­ald’s man­age­ment has al­ways been poor – it’s ac­tu­ally a pri­vately owned fran­chise; rarely are strong male staff in ev­i­dence.

Then about two days later there was a re­tal­ia­tory gang fight ap­par­ently in the Botwell part of town. Dur­ing this wit­nesses re­ported that two Al­ba­nian youths were se­verely at­tacked by a gang of So­ma­lians beat­ing them with cricket bats. Un­usu­ally po­lice pres­ence was quick to ap­pear – how­ever the po­lice sta­tion is but yards away. But why were the po­lice not pa­trolling the streets al­ready?

Isn’t it about time the au­thor­i­ties got a grip on this gang-re­lated vi­o­lence? It has been go­ing on here since at least 2004. NAME AND AD­DRESS SUP­PLIED

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