‘We want help in putting away th­ese van­dals’

Au­thor­i­ties ‘have done noth­ing for us’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

RUISLIP res­i­dents are at their wits’ end af­ter ‘suf­fer­ing’ anti-so­cial be­hav­iour for years, with one man even hav­ing

to de­tain al­leged per­pe­tra­tors him­self.

One West End Road res­i­dent, who did not want to be named and lives above shops at New Pond Pa­rade, is ‘sick’ of the prob­lems he has faced for five years, de­spite look­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions for help.

He said: “We have a car park which backs on to a play­ground and scout hut and there’s a large hole in the bushes which is con­stantly be­ing used for fly­tip­ping and drug deals.

“I’ve per­son­ally caught and de­tained many peo­ple fly­tip­ping and drug deal­ing ei­ther in our car park or in the bushes.

“De­spite con­stantly re­port­ing this to all the ap­pro­pri­ate de­part­ments, noth­ing has been done about this to date.

“We’ve re­quested mo­bile CCTV, more light­ing and even a fence to stop th­ese on­go­ing is­sues end­less amounts of times, but still to no avail.”

The fi­nal straw was an at­tack on the man’s neigh­bour, when a fire­work was sent up their bin chute and ex­ploded. Thank­fully no dam­age was caused.

Other frus­trat­ing in­ci­dents have in­cluded the play­ground be­ing set on fire, crim­i­nal dam­age to a shop win­dow, as well as speed­ing and ex­ces­sive noise from mo­tor­bikes and cars rac­ing up West End Road.

The res­i­dent added: “All of this mind­less van­dal­ism cost­ing hun­dreds of pounds worth of dam­age in the space of 20 min­utes and the au­thor­i­ties have done noth­ing about it.

“We’re hav­ing end­less nights of sleep be­cause of this, but the au­thor­i­ties don’t seem to care about it.

“It’s dis­grace­ful. You move to the bor­ough, pay such high rent and coun­cil tax and give your spare time as a vol­un­teer to keep your com­mu­nity safe, clean and tidy, and what do we get back in re­turn? No sup­port from the au­thor­i­ties.”

Res­i­dents in Ruislip have

We’re hav­ing end­less nights of sleep be­cause of this, but the au­thor­i­ties have done noth­ing about it’

been proac­tive in help­ing raise crime aware­ness them­selves, and cre­at­ing Face­book groups to keep neigh­bours in the loop about re­port­ing crime.

Alan Palmer, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Crime Aware­ness Group for Ruislip and East­cote, said: “I cur­rently get a shed load of mes­sages about an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We cur­rently have one or two young groups who be­lieve they are un­touch­able.

“It’s hard to get the mes­sage over to peo­ple that all is­sues should be re­ported to 101.”

Mr Palmer be­lieves the prob­lems are worst in Mount Pleas­ant, Whitby Road, Long Drive and the Fair­way ar­eas, and re­ports in­clude dam­age to a church hall, eggs thrown at cars and in­tim­i­da­tion.

He added: “I must ad­mit that New Pond Pa­rade has not come to my at­ten­tion be­fore, but I’m not sur­prised as many lo­cals are afraid to re­port for fear of reper­cus­sions.

“I know that area quite well and it should be re­ferred to coun­cil­lors for help. I’d rec­om­mend putting pres­sure on them.

“In the ab­sence of enough po­lice on the beat I also en­cour­age lo­cal in­tel­li­gence. Peo­ple have to start mak­ing lo­cal po­lice in par­tic­u­lar aware of all con­cerns.”

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