IN CHISWICK - MUGGER'S ALLEY
resident's view of the crime problem in the
passageway between Warple Way and Woodstock
you a mugger looking for a new patch? How about
this? A narrow alleyway with conveniently situated
bends offering near complete privacy from prying
eyes. A convenient path onto an estate with
numerous exits guaranteeing an anonymous departure
from the scene of your crime. Or you might
like operate immediately to the north in the
secluded road (deserted car park on one side
and high brick walls on the other) safe in
the knowledge that even if your activities
are noticed, a brisk 20 meter walk will take
you into another police sector.
only is your impunity almost completely guaranteed.
An abundance of potential victims is too! It's
the ONLY route for them to take. They CAN'T
avoid you! No alternative route. No surveillance.
No risk (for you at least).
you want to spread your activities a little
further afield. The alleyway still offers a
perfect escape route. Bordering on no less
than THREE police sectors you only have to
pass through and you've got away. They'll never
don't worry that this little mugger's paradise
will be spoiled either. It's got a borough
boundary running smack down the middle of it!
Why should any councilor want to waste money
making improvements right on a neighbouring
borough's border? In fifteen years all they've
done is put in more streetlights. Well, actually
they only got as far as putting the poles up,
now they seem to have lost interest!
seriously . The alleyway in question, connecting
Woodstock Rd to Warple Way, and its vicinity
has seen some very unpleasant incidents in
the last month. In one, a woman was punched
and knocked to the ground. In the most recent,
a disabled woman was robbed in her car by a
group of youths.
sure many residents will have noticed an increase
in car crime. Recently one of my neighbour's
cars was set on fire by youths trying to hot-wire
it. There have also been numerous cases of
women being groped by youths as they walk down
are other issues too. Litter (and worse) is
also a problem and it is frequently used as
a cut-through by motorcyclists and. Last night
I saw two mothers with prams and toddlers nearly
flattened by a Honda Gold Wing.
for local people the alleyway is the only major
route between two large residential areas and
a business park. Consequently there are a large
number of people using it, many of them schoolchildren.
It is intolerable that people should feel there
are no-go or dangerous areas, let alone on
an important thoroughfare where there is no
alternative route for at least a half a mile
to either side.
boundary peculiarities have meant that bureaucracy
has frustrated any attempt to remedy the situation.
Local residents have been lobbying for improvements
for at least the last fifteen years without
success. Ealing's best effort to date has been
to erect the lampless lampposts! Mind you,
since the last three muggings have happened
in broad daylight, it's not such a disappointment.
my opinion the area needs CCTV (much as that
goes against my libertarian views). The alleyway
needs to be straightened and widened so that
there are clear sight lines from one end to
the other and barriers need to be erected to
prevent motorcyclists from using it as a rat-run.
Expensive measures, but necessary considering
the numbers of people involved.
suspect that this might be seen as an issue
affecting only a small number of residents
in the immediate locale. Not so. For a large
number of pupils at Southfield School it is
their only route to school. If you live or
work in the Turnham Green area, odds on it's
your local criminal's route to and, especially,
large number of workers on the Warple Way Business
Park use Turnham Green tube to get to work.
At least one of the companies on the estate
has instructed employees to use Stamford Brook
tube in preference to Turnham Green so as to
avoid the alleyway. Other businesses are similarly
concerned and likely to follow suite. Fewer
passengers mean less business for local traders
not to mention a negative impact on our local
Piccadilly Line campaign (while we're discussing
are an increasing number of locals, both residents
and workers, who are very concerned about this
problem. However there are not enough of us.
We need your support. The issue has been raised
with local MPs, Ann Keen and Clive Soley (thankfully
there are only two parliamentary constituencies
involved). If you are concerned, let them know
have a look on the W4
discussion forum and LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS.
That way the item stays high on the list of
topics as well as giving us important feedback
on local views.
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