Police and council react to residents' concerns over personal safety
Increased patrols are taking place around Shepherd's Bush Green
January 3, 2023A new programme to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Shepherd’s Bush is underway following growing concerns about personal safety in the area.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Met Police have launched an action plan for Shepherd’s Bush Green and surrounding streets around Uxbridge Road.
The operation – titled ‘Project W12’ – is a direct response to drug and safety concerns raised by residents in the area.
Thomas Cooke, Acting Sergeant (Sgt) for Shepherd’s Bush Green at the Metropolitan Police, said, “We have reacted to community concerns and crime rates in Shepherd’s Bush Green. Anyone in the community should be able to walk through here without intimidation.”
The police say they are already hearing from residents that measures taken so far have improved their sense of security in the area. Since coming into effect, the closure has helped to close two local drug dens and to make 10 arrests for Class A drug offences.
In addition to more patrols and a more visible police presence, benches near the children’s playground area have been removed to help discourage street drinking and drug use.
Earlier this year, the council asked hundreds of residents and visitors, specifically women and girls, about their safety concerns and how the borough could be made safer for all.
The feedback highlighted Shepherd’s Bush Green as a hub for drug and alcohol induced crime. H&F’s Law Enforcement Team (LET) has been working with local businesses and residents.
“Meeting with the residents has helped us to understand what the residents’ concerns are and what the residents want,” said Clifford Pinto, Law Enforcement Officer at H&F Council. “They want a safer and cleaner area, like everyone else.”
Supported by local intelligence passed on from local residents to H&F’s LET and CCTV teams, the Met Police have obtained a partial closure order for the Green.
The new rules provide officers with additional powers, enabling them to prevent and shut down crime as it occurs, including street drinking, drug use, and any form of abusive or threatening behaviour.
Shepherd's Bush residents are being encouraged to share their concerns with officers
The order covers the whole of Shepherd’s Bush Green Common and Uxbridge Road, Aldine Street, Bulwer Street, Bourbon Lane, Tadmor Street, Caxton Road, Sterne Street and Shepherd’s Bush Place.
“The partial closure order doesn’t restrict anyone from entering the Green,” explained Sgt Cooke.
The next step is an upgrade of the CCTV cameras in the area which is due to take place early this year.
If you’ve got safety concerns in your area, you are encouraged to speak to LET Officers when you see them out and about or visit one of the LET’s regular drop in-sessions at Shepherd’s Bush Library, Hammersmith Library and Fulham Library.
The sessions take place every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month, between 2pm-4pm.
The next one at Shepherd's Bush Library will take place on 6 February. Find the full schedule on the H&F LET webpage.
You can contact the LET via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0208 753 1100 and select option 3.
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