There have been a series of incidents in and around Canada Water station recently.
It was good to host an update from the Borough Commander and council Community Safety lead on their actions to address the problems.
Lots of issues were discussed with some local community representatives, including how the culprits are being identified, how and where they are acquiring fireworks (despite being underage), what charges or other action is being taken against those attacking people, businesses like Leadbelly’s, and even the police.
The police have shifted their focus, dedicated additional officers (including non-uniformed officers), and helped identify eight suspects. ‘Agreed Behaviour Contracts’ are in place for a year on most and one person faces heavier charges. The council’s Trading Standards team have visited all local premises selling fireworks and plan to do so again. The council have emphasised to the parents of children involved that their antisocial and criminal behaviour could ultimately result in the loss of a tenancy.
I hope these and further actions will help reduce the problems and know that the area remains under closer scrutiny. I am hoping to be at the station with British Transport Police soon (lockdown permitting) and will keep working with the local community, police and council to address antisocial behaviour and crime wherever it occurs. Please always remember to report problems online, on 101 or on 999 if it is an emergency. Reports help secure additional action/resources and are vital to tackling problems going forward.