Police Investigate Mugging In Chiswick House Grounds

Patrols stepped up in the gardens after attack on teenager


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Police are investigating an incident in which a teenager was mugged in the grounds of Chiswick House.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the past week at around 5.30pm in the evening, in the terrace area.

Local reports said that a boy of 14/15 years old was attacked by a gang of youths but police have not given out any details.

Patrols in the grounds have been stepped up by police and by the Chiswick House Rangers staff.

A spokesperson for Chiswick House said they were aware of one mugging incident in the grounds and it was being investigated by police.

They were not aware of other muggings or attacks within the grounds of the Estate. The rangers team will be stepping up patrols of the grounds in the afternoons around school closing time and in the evenings in response.

There have been unconfirmed reports of up to five knifepoint attacks recently in the area but this has not been confirmed by police. Police have asked people to send reports directly to them so that they can investigate instead of using social media. Here is a link to the local OWL neighbourhood service for reporting crime

You can also contact local policing teams here: Turnham Green SNT -0208 247 6415
E- Mail turnhamgreen.snt@met.police.uk

Chiswick Homefields SNT are on 0208 247 6415
E-mail chiswickhomefields.snt@met.police.uk

A recent policing operation at Turnham Green tube station

A police spokesperson said. "Police are aware of the incidents and we have increased patrols in the area. Park Rangers and their volunteers have also teamed up to enable further visibility patrols.

"Please can we ask that incidents are reported to Police. The Chiswick Safer Neighbourhood teams are investigating."

With the recent increase in criminal activity, including knife crime and drug dealing, there has been a significant focus of policing in Chiswick, both uniformed, and undercover. Much of this extra police activitiy has centred around the Chiswick Back Common area and near the tube station at Turnham Green Terrace and at Chiswick Park. There are now local concerns that gangs targeting teenagers will switch to areas which have thus far been unaffected by these incidents.

In recent weeks, dispersal zones were introduced in two wards, and Operation Stallion and Operation Wolverine were put place as part of the emergency police response to the recent increase in muggings and knife attacks.

Highly trained 'Interceptor' teams with high powered vehicles were part of the recent measure introduced by the West Area Basic Command, to be on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies, as a back up to the Rapid Response teams. The police say that the operations are yielding results with several arrests and confiscation of knives.

British Transport Police also carried out two high visibility patrolling operations at Turnham Green and Chiswick Park tube stations.

The next meeting on the future of policing in Chiswick has been confirmed for 28 March at Chiswick Town Hall. Doors open 7.30 pm. The meeting is a follow up to that held in December, organised by the nine local councillors.


March 1, 2019

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