Gentrification isn’t making Hayes safe
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