CLEAN UP DAY HAILED A SUCCESS
looks fresher this week as scores of local
people turned up to help the police clean up
and after at Turnham Green Terrace
were white washed, fly posts were torn down
and pigeon poop was scooped as Chiswick got
a make-over courtesy of Chiswick Police and
local volunteers. There was even a little celebrity
help as Gareth Southgate (cardboard cutout
version) turned up to lend a hand. He remains
unclaimed last we heard so pop down to Chiswick
Police station if you can find a use for him.
Mike Nicholls, who managed to paint the Medical
Centre on Dolman Road without getting a single
speck on his uniform, said that the event had
been a terrific success.
prevention Officer John Collis and his colleague
John Conway manned the control centre of the
clean up day from a marquee on Acton Green.
They were very pleased with the amount of support
they received from local residents. Some people
came by to pick up a squirty bottle of cleaning
fluid and a brush to deal with graffiti on
their own walls while others generously cleaned
up scribbles from public walls.
Underground joined in the cleanup and tackled
the railway bridges on Turnham Green Terrace
and Prebend Gardens, mostly clearing up pigeon
offenders under community service orders had to paint a badly disfigured
wall on Welstead Way. The officers reported with some satisfaction
that the young offenders were hardly enthusiastic participants but
had a supervisor monitoring their efforts to ensure they did a good
CAC part funded the scheme with a £500 grant. Hounslow council
have been so encouraged by the popularity of the scheme that they
are considering setting up a permanent unit.
officers reported an additional benefit of
the day was the effect a visible police presence
had on the public. They said many people stopped
on seeing the uniformed men and reported crimes.
These were mostly crimes that the victims had
deemed insufficiently important to report formally
but were glad of an opportunity to discuss
face-to-face. PC Conway said all the information
was incredibly useful: he emphasised that the
police are not mind-readers and rely on crimes
being reported to know what is going on in
the community and what areas need to be tackled.
The feeling was that perhaps a police surgery
along the lines of MPs monthly surgeries might
be a welcome innovation for people to voice
their concerns. The officers said they also
followed discussions of crime in the CHISWICKW4
forum as a means of gaining information.
clean-up day is planned for September.