Home Secretary Visits Chiswick After Recent Anti-social behaviour

Amber Rudd discusses problems on Chiswick Back Common with local residents

Amber Rudd talks to local residents on Chiswick Back Common


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The Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited Chiswick this Monday (1 May) to talk to residents about the recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area.

She was accompanied by Mary Macleod the prospective Conservative candidate for the Brentford and Isleworth constituency. Along with local Councillors John Todd and Adrian Lee they talked to residents concerned about the recent increase in anti-social behaviour and crime in the Chiswick Back Common area.

Anti-social behaviour and disorder has been on the rise in recent weeks, culminating in a large scale incident on Monday 24 April where police officers were assaulted as they attempted to make arrests after a large gang of around 50 young people assembled.

Ms Rudd said, "I was concerned to hear about recent incidents of anti-social behaviour and other crimes in the Chiswick Common area which are most distressing for local residents. It was good to come along here today with Mary Macleod to meet some of those affected and hear first-hand about the issues in what is such a lovely part of London.

Mary Macleod and Amber Rudd
Mary Macleod and Amber Rudd

“I know that Inspector Steven Edwards from the Turnham Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team is organising a meeting later this week to review the situation and I look forward to hearing the outcome. Anti-social behaviour really affects the quality of people's lives and it's so important that everyone comes together - police, local residents, politicians, schools, parents and local businesses to take action to address it."

Mary Macleod said: “I was delighted to welcome the Home Secretary to Chiswick today to meet local residents and hear about the worrying incidents of anti-social behaviour and disorder in the Chiswick Common area. It is simply not acceptable for people to be harassed on the streets and constantly worried about what’s happening outside their own homes.

“I am glad to hear that Inspector Edwards has taken the important step to put in place a Dispersal Zone, which allows them to arrest any youths who return to the area after being asked to leave. The fact that several arrests have already been made shows that they mean business but I hope that the meeting on Wednesday evening with the Turnham Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team will identify further actions to be taken to deal with this situation.”

May 1, 2017

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