Saturday, 19 September 2009

Eid Mubarak & Happy Jewish New Year

I join with many others in wishing my Muslim friends Eid Mubarak, and my Jewish friends, a Happy Rosh Hashanah.

I hope that the year ahead will be full of happiness, prosperity and peace for all.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Bow East SNT

Tonight I chaired the Bow East SNT Ward Panel meeting for the first time in my new capacity as Chair of the Resident's Panel.

This meeting is an opportunity for the Police to update the Panel of residents of the work they have been doing in the previous 6 weeks; and particularly in relation to the PSPs (public set priorities). As ever, the team have been working hard; and this was the first update we had from new recruits Laura McLoughlin and Tony Harris. Along with Emma Ives, they each have responsibility for a PSP.

It was agreed to continue with the existing PSPs for the next 6 weeks. These are (a) the drunks on Roman Road; (b) Morville Street; and (c) Candey Street.

Whils the problem of drunks on Roman Road isn't going to go away overnight, a significant amount of work has been done to reduce this problem. In particular, one chap has been encouraged and has now completed a residential rehab course. It is vital that the Police use the variety of resources from persuasion, education, as well as fixed penalty notices and arrest. If residents and shopkeepers still feel there is a problem, they should call the Bow East SNT directly, and report the issue. This is the same whether it is a public set priority, or general crime in Bow East. Of course if it is an emergency, the public should call 999.

If you are a resident in Bow East, and interested in getting involved in the Ward Panel, please e-mail the team on