‘Wanted crim­i­nals be warned, we are com­ing for you...’

A day in the life of west Lon­don’s Fugitive Unit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alex Ballinger

TO catch a fugitive, the first key tac­tic is an early start – and this is why the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice’s west Lon­don Fugitive Unit start their shifts at 7am or ear­lier.

Thurs­day, June 23, was just any other day for the small team based at Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion, as the rest of the coun­try went to the polls in the EU Ref­er­en­dum.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Andy Daw­son led the team of four on the hunt for miss­ing po­ten­tial of­fend­ers for crimes from breach­ing re­strain­ing or­ders to fail­ing to turn up in court.

But these sus­pects had one thing in com­mon: they were all firmly on the radar of DS Daw­son, PC The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries Abby Cur­tis and two spe­cial con­sta­bles, Alice Vern­ham and Leanne Page.

First on the hit list was a 22-year-old man from Ruis­lip who had breached the con­di­tions of his re­strain­ing or­der when he al­legedly ha­rassed his ex­girl­friend.

The 9am door knock was not wel­comed by the man’s family, who were im­me­di­ately hos­tile to DS Daw­son’s unit, but the of­fi­cers were invited in to look around the prop­erty nonethe­less

The search fruit­less, how­ever.

Un­per­turbed by the an­gry re­sponse, force vet­eran of more than 20 years DS Daw­son said the team would re­turn to the Ruis­lip street an­other day to ques­tion neigh­bours in the hopes of mak­ing an ar­rest. proved

Next up was an ad­dress in Hayes for an­other alleged breach of re­strain­ing or­der.

A 35-year-old man was wanted af­ter he was be­lieved to have mes­saged an ex-part­ner on­line, say­ing ‘SORT YOUR LIFE OUT’ af­ter being or­dered not to con­tact her.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Fugitive Unit, the of­fender was at work rather than the Hayes ad­dress the of­fi­cers at­tended.

But there was a stroke of good for­tune when a family mem­ber handed over the man’s mo­bile num­ber and DS Daw­son was able to speak to the sus­pect and en­cour­age him to hand him­self in to po­lice.

Spurred on by a rel­a­tive suc­cess, the team moved on to a man wanted for fail­ing to hand him­self in to po­lice at the end of his bail to be charged.

The 36-year-old was be­lieved to have at­tempted to have shoplifted four tubs of pow­dered milk from the Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket in Yiewsley High Street.

But DS Daw­son’s luck had not lasted, and the oc­cu­pants at the ad­dress said they did not know the sus­pect.

A 15-year-old from Cowley also made the list af­ter he failed to ap­pear at court for a pub­lic or­der of­fence.

The young lad was not at home, how­ever, and a family mem­ber ex­plained that he had fallen ill on the way to court, so was un­able to at­tend.

While the family mem­ber said she would bring the youth to the near­est sta­tion within a SHOP­PERS at intu Uxbridge are set to en­joy a week­end of free en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties on July 2 and 3 at one of the Uxbridge’s big­gest sum­mer cel­e­bra­tions.

There will be plenty of free en­ter­tain­ment and fun at intu Uxbridge’s ‘Ev­ery­one’s Invited’ week­end which takes place at the cen­tre ev­ery year, in­clud­ing mat­ter of hours, a search of the teen’s reg­u­lar haunts yielded no re­sults in what was prov­ing to be a frus­trat­ing shift for the team.

But re­fus­ing to be dis­heart­ened by a lack ar­rests, there was one more stop for Uxbridge’s finest.

Yet again, though, the team’s hard work was thwarted as they searched for an 18-year-old man from Harefield who had failed to ap­pear in court af­ter being charged with a nine-hole mini golf com­pe­ti­tion, chil­dren’s work­shops and par­ties, a one man band, face paint­ing and much more.

There will also be a se­lec­tion of lo­cal per­form­ers, in­clud­ing mu­si­cians and dancers, tak­ing to the stage in The Pi­azza across the week­end.

Natasha House, mar­ket­ing pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

They were greeted at the prop­erty by noth­ing but an ap­par­ently ram­pag­ing dog and wideopen up­stairs win­dows.

With no one home, or at least no one will­ing to an­swer, the Fugitive Unit trudged back to the sta­tion to de­brief and pol­ish off the nec­es­sary pa­per­work.

There were no ar­rests dur­ing the course of the damp west Lon­don shift, but DS Daw­son was not en­tirely dis­ap­pointed with the day’s work.

Af­ter rack­ing up around eight ar­rests al­ready in the week, he was con­fi­dent the ground­work had been laid for suc­cess in the very near fu­ture.

DS Daw­son is­sued a stark warn­ing to any of­fend­ers try­ing to hide man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said: “Rain or shine, we can’t wait to cel­e­brate the sum­mer in true intu fash­ion with bril­liant ac­tiv­i­ties like our mini golf and so much more, which will amuse and de­light all of our cus­tomers.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one at this sum­mer’s Ev­ery­one’s Invited from his unit: “My mes­sage to those of­fend­ers that know that they are wanted is sim­ple: if you know that you are wanted by the po­lice then do the right thing and hand your­self in at your near­est po­lice sta­tion, oth­er­wise Hilling­don po­lice will find you and you can ex­pect a 5 o’clock knock.

“The Fugitive Team are spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers who are ded­i­cated to tracking down and ar­rest­ing per­sons who are wanted for var­i­ous crimes. They will leave no stone un­turned.

“If any­body know­ingly as­sists a per­son who is wanted they may also be li­able to be arrested. If you are that per­son, be warned.

“We you.” are com­ing for party, whether you’re plan­ning on watch­ing the fan­tas­tic en­ter­tain­ment, tak­ing part in some fun ac­tiv­i­ties or sim­ply plan­ning a great day out with family and friends.

From lit­tle kids to big kids, we’re aim­ing to put a smile on ev­ery­one’s face over the Saturday and Sun­day.”

n ON THE HUNT: Two of the prop­er­ties where the west Lon­don Fugitive Unit searched for sus­pects

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