Jul 17 2012 by David Baker, Harrow Observer
HARROW’S top police officer has moved to allay fears about the apparent decline of Wealdstone as anti social behaviour increases.
Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, spoke exclusively to the Observer after complaints from readers about issues in the High Street, such as people openly drinking and taking drugs, prostitution and people with ‘status’ dogs, all intimidating the public.
Chf Supt Babu said tireless work had been going on behind the scenes, and covertly, to deal with what he described as a ‘challenging area’.
When he first came to Harrow in June 2009, one of the borough commander cracked down on anti-social behaviour in Wealdstone and using ASBOs, having been the first officer to issue one of the orders in his previous borough, Camden.
Similar action is in the pipeline following a ‘new wave’ of anti-social youngsters.
Chf Supt Babu said: “When I first came in we issued 26 ASBOs in quick succession in Wealdstone. Three of them breached their orders and were convicted in court while the others have never proved to be an issue there again.
“Unfortunately we are seeing a new wave of cohorts who are again causing problems, the main issues being class B drug dealing and general anti-social behaviour, which is of course intimidating for others and raises the fear of crime.
“But what residents don’t see is the engagement we are doing with youth charities, the local authorities, businesses in the area and schools.”
Chf Supt Babu said they have been gathering information to ensure when they take anti-social behaviour orders to court they have enough evidence.
He also promised they would be acting ‘very robustly’ against these people.
“We have learnt lessons from the actions we took when we first targeted Wealdstone and obviously we are looking at long term goals to try and prevent a new wave in four years time,” he added.
In the next few weeks, they plan to hand out a number of banning orders, preventing youths from certain areas or businesses Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and will be ready to issue ASBOs when the need arises.