Thursday, 25 November 2010

Review of Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Chief Inspector Simon Causer is in the process of reviewing Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Barnet and has written a letter to Borough Watch Members about it. Click here to downloaded his letter as a PDF.

This is a highly significant document and I do know that Simon really wants your feedback on this subject, so please don't hold back. Please send your comments to me:

Paul Hammond, Barnet Boroughwatch

Monday, 22 November 2010

Sutra Club has its licence suspended

You will recall that last April the licensing committee over ruled the objections of many residents when they granted licence extensions to the Sutra Club (formerly N20) at 1105-1111 High Road, N20.

On 19th November, following a Police request to review the licence of the Sutra at 1105-1111 High Road N20, the Licensing sub-committee has suspended the licence of the Sutra bar, pending a full review within 28days.

This police request followed an incident on Sunday 14th November 2010 at 1.50am when there was large scale disorder both inside and outside the premises. Males and females were fighting with glasses and bottles being used as weapons. A number of people had head injuries apparently caused by glass weapons. None of the injured parties wanted to report the offences or speak with Police and a similar response was received from staff at the venue.

Numerous police units attended the scene along with 3 ambulances. A 20 year old man from Romford was arrested for a public order offence and received a police caution. This, along with the previous incidents listed below, caused police to instigate this action.

On 31st July a fight took place inside the premises between two groups. The door staff tried to separate them and they were ejected. The disturbance continued outside the club and metal barriers were thrown at the door staff breaking the glass in the front doors.

On 19th September a car was driven at the front entrance of the premises colliding with barriers and an adjacent wall. At the time door staff and clientele from the premises were standing in this area.

On 25th September an assault took place inside the club with a bottle of spirits being used as a weapon. A number of fights then took place within the premises and continued outside.

On hearing police evidence the committee decided that in the circumstances, the only measure that would promote the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder and would prevent serious crime and serious disorder from occurring at the premises was the immediate suspension of the premises licence.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Suspect Vehicle: White Citroën Berlingo

A van thought to be a white Citroën Berlingo has recently been seen in the Hadley Wood area in suspicious circumstances.

The last incident was earlier this week in Wagon Road when workers apparently saw the two white male occupants change the index plates to the vehicle. A property very near the location was unfortunately burgled.
On more than one occasion in the past few months the occupants of a vehicle of the same description were suspected of being involved in the theft of tools from vans in and around Beech Hill, Hadley Wood.
The registration has previously been given as S179 BGM. However, this is not registered and may explain the changing of registration plates that may happen regularly.
If you see a vehicle of this description in suspicious circumstances, please call the Police on 0300 123 1212 and also inform the Cockfosters Safer Neighbourhood Team:
PS 65YE Dave Walker
Cockfosters Safer Neighbourhood Team
020 8721 2688

Thursday, 11 November 2010

View Recovered Stolen Property and MPA Community Engagement

On Saturday 27th November, the Police officers will have recovered property on display at Chipping Barnet Library, 3 Stapylton Rd, Barnet, EN5 4QT (near The Spires Shopping Centre).
All property has been recovered from criminal activity and will have unique markings for owners to identify.
If you would like to attend, the library is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
The Metropolitan Police Authority has issued a document on community engagement, which can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Paul Hammond
Barnet Boroughwatch

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