North Hillingdon Safer Neighbourhoods Policing: DECEMBER update‏

Dear Readers,
Re Bar Eastcote and Ickenham High Road – murder investigations
Like me I am sure you were all shocked and saddened by the two murders in the north of Hillingdon within a short space of time. These are ongoing investigation and I can say no more than what you have read in the press. Josh Hansen’s murder investigation continues and an international manhunt is underway. Alfie Stone’s murder investigation sees a number of people charged and awaiting trial.
Crimes of this type are rare but when we have two close together (alongside other murders elsewhere in Hillingdon) it can lead to concern about what is happening in our area. I have included here the most recent message from Borough Commander Nick Downing which I hope will offer some reassurance. 

RE: A message from your Borough Commander

Hillingdon borough commander Detective Chief Superintendant Nick Downing said:

“The unprecedented and tragic events in the last four weeks have brought our policing team, partners and communities together in sadness which has installed a collective passion to work together to protect the public.

Three lives have been lost across the borough in isolated and spontaneous acts of violence which are not linked in any way.

Homicide detectives have made multiple arrests in connection with all three investigations. Three people have been charged with the murder of Alfie Stone in Ickenham on 9 November, and two men remain in custody following their arrests in connection with the murder of a woman in her 50′s on 11 November. A national manhunt is also underway to trace a man wanted in connection with the murder of Josh Hanson in Eastcote which occurred on 11 October.

I must add that these incidents are not gang related nor did they result from any domestic matter.

Our team commitment in bringing those responsible for these crimes to justice and safeguarding the community has never been stronger. Clearly this is a time where there may be increased concerns and the need for answers, and we are ensuring continual updates are provided to our communities in line with fast time developments. We want to ensure that the facts are proactively presented at the earliest opportunity to reassure and to diminish any fears.

Our resolute partnership with the LB Hillingdon and our community leaders, is crucial to us in delivering the strongest long term response to tackling all forms of crime, which is on a decrease, despite the rare and tragic four weeks that have passed.

Preventing crime and providing the very best in victim care remains at the heart of everything we do and we are constantly capturing opportunities to develop best practice which fit the needs of our communities.

Testimony to the strength of this joint partnership approach to combating crime and the public’s help and support, over the last 12 months Hillingdon borough has seen marked decrease of knife incidents resulting in 45 less crimes.

We are now working even harder and will not rest until knife crime is effectively tackled from all angle – in classrooms, at street level and in homes and social environments by creating strong and meaningful conversations with people, whatever their background is, to encourage the best life choices.

Violence and criminal activity in any form simply has no place in Hillingdon.

As ever your voice remains a powerful tool in preventing crime and can help us in fight against crime. If you have any information or concerns about an issue which is affecting you or your community, please speak to us.”

Harefield ANZAC graves – criminal damage
Last weekend the ANZAC war graves in Harefield were damaged by means of mindless graffiti. This senseless crime has caused outrage locally and due to the nature of the crime it has received national coverage as well as media interest in Australia and New Zealand. This is an ongoing investigation and we are pursuing a number of leads. Here is our most recent press release:
Police in Hillingdon investigating criminal damage to a number of ANZAC war graves at St Mary’s Church, Harefield have arrested a man and seized a motor vehicle.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, 25 November on suspicion of causing criminal damage. He has been bailed to a date in December.
Rob Bryan, the Safer Neighbourhoods Inspector for North Hillingdon said:
“This is a positive first step in this investigation, but it does not end here. I reiterate my request for anyone with information about this crime to come forward. Someone knows the truth of how these gravestones came to be damaged and I urge them to speak up”.
If you have information then you can contact Inspector Bryan directly at or phone 101 quoting 0923805/15. If you want to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
As you can see we are making progress. However this investigation is far from over. Someone out there knows who did this and they hold the key to ensuring justice is done. I ask that anyone with information about who committed these acts of vandalism contact me or Crimestoppers immediately.
I hope that next month my news for you will be more positive. All the best,
Inspector Rob Bryan
Hillingdon North Safer Neighbourhoods
Hillingdon Borough
Phone 020 8246 1816 | Mobile 07500097182 | E-mail | Twitter@MPSHillingNorth
Address Ruislip Police Station, The Oaks, HA4 7LE
Follow me on Twitter @MPSHillingNorth
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Lidl Planning Application to be heard Wednesday 18th November – UPDATE: Planning Permission Granted

We’ve had  a number of questions from members about the application and we are pleased to say that this  one is set to be heard on the 12th November 2015 at the Uxbridge Civic Centre.

Lidl ApplicationThe planning application concerns Lidl’s proposed new supermarket at the previous Rover Garage/Comet site on Victoria Road near Wickes.  As opposed to the application on the old Land of Leather site near the ARLA development which has already obtained planning permission.

The site will be developed into a new supermarket as per the application here.  If you are for or against the development you  are welcome to attend the committee hearing on 18th Nov, Committee Room 5, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW.

UPDATE: **At the planning hearing the development was granted planning permission.**

Next Quarterly Meeting

With alarming pace the next quarterly SRRA meeting is almost upon us.

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Long Drive, South Ruislip HA4 0RY

Time: 8pm Wednesday 28th October

The church hall is having a new floor laid and so we are going to have the meeting in the church itself for a change.  No teas and coffees at break I am afraid and this will be a one-off change.

The newsletters will be going out shortly.

Our speaker will be from Shirley Kirk from Dementia Friends.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Hillingdon Literary Festival 16th-18th October 2015

Hillingdon Literary Festival

Brunel University, Waterstones,  London Borough of Hillingdon and others are getting together to organise a literary festival next month at Brunel University.

Big name attendees include Will Self, Kate Mosse and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

The Festival is taking place between Friday 16th October and Sunday 18th October.

Full details of the event including a packed schedule of events can be found at:

Hope you enjoy the event if you decide to go.

“Last Night of the Proms” Concert – Saturday 19th September 2015




our 40th Anniversary Concert

Performance by

The Friary Guildford Brass Band

Guest Soloists: Jeff Stewart -Tenor

Cherish Bristow – Soprano

19th September 2015

The Winston Churchill Theatre

Time: 7:30pm

 Tickets £12.00 Booking through Hillingdon Theatres Box office  01895673200

Charity Trust Fund No.282190

The Ruislip Lions add, this is a charity event with the proceeds going to local charities including Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research.

North Hillingdon Safer Neighbourhoods Policing: SEPTEMBER update‏

From Inspector Rob Bryan…

Dear Readers,

 This month I return to my favourite topic and one from which I get a lot of positive feedback, and that is highlighting the good work being undertaken by your local Safer Neighbourhood officers. In previous editions I have focused on all the positive arrests that were being made. This time, I cover a much broader range of community policing to give you a flavour of what your officers are up to.
Good Work
The consequences of public disorder: Whilst on patrol in Northwood, PCSO Soler and PCSO Usher stopped to speak to several youths who were hanging around a residential area on mopeds. They spoke to one youth who had been riding his moped in an anti-social manner. The youth became aggressive and began swearing at both PCSOs and calling them plastic policemen. Having no power of arrest, the officers liaised with their police constable colleagues on the North High Visibility Team. Sgt Moore then visited the youth at his home address and issued him with a Section 59 Police Reform Act warning notification on his moped and a penalty notice for public order. He was also found to be in possession of an altered driving licence so he was arrested for fraud. This person’s behaviour was totally unacceptable. Whether he was taking to a public servant or a member of the public makes no difference and he was dealt with accordingly.
Community engagement: PCSO Usher and PCSO Soler (again) assisted a local Brownie Group in achieving their crime prevention badge. The officers attended St Helens school where the Brownies meet and helped the girls out with getting their badges. The Brownies needed to learn and understand various aspects of crime prevention and come up with their own crime prevention campaign. Both PCSOs assisted by imparting their knowledge on the group and Brown Owl was really pleased.
Prison is no escape from the law: A nice surprise was waiting for one of our local villains when he was released from Wormwood Scrubs after serving time for a separate offence. PC Brown, the local bobby for Eastcote ward, was waiting for him at the gate and he was swiftly arrested for other offences. He was later charged and remanded back into custody having had no opportunity to re-offend.
Faith engagement: PC Bell and PCSO Usher were present during a ceremony on Green Lane, Northwood to celebrate the Jewish community as the Rabbi opened and read from the new Torah at the Tree of Remembrance in Northwood. Approximately 200 people attended the celebration. In the same week, PC Beverley and PC Webster from the South Ruislip team visited the Deanesfield Community Mosque holding a crime prevention stall and meeting the Imam and local worshippers. The Northwood Hills team attended the “big lunch” event organised by the Emmanuel Church, Northwood Hills. The event was attended by at least 300 local residents and church goers and due to the sunny weather was a great success with food, music, singing, games and chatting. The officers spoke to a number of residents about issues in the area and had the opportunity to mingle with lots of people who were on deck chairs in the sun. Places of worship are great places for the local police teams to meet and engage with local people.
How can you never see a copper when we do all this?: In just one week in June, PCSO Dickens and PCSO Sandhu used school drop off time to hold a meet and greet community engagement event outside Field End Junior School talking to the parents about any concerns or issues; PCSO Usher and PC Bell attended an opening event for a new playground at Northwood Recreational Park. The Mayor and the local councillors were also there to celebrate the new playground being open. Lots of children were taking advantage of the new attraction and the officers were able to use the occasion as a point of engagement with local residents; PC Westwood and PCSO Soler attended the Holy Trinity School in Northwood Hills and gave talks to classes all about personal safety, stranger danger and road safety; PC Webster and PC Solanki participated in the opening of a new playground just off Long Lane and managed to ride the roundabout with the Mayor. PC Lord and PC Foley undertook joint speeding / no insurance checks on the fast roads in Ickenham and Harefield seizing 4 vehicles and issuing 4 speeding tickets; the Eastcote team held a bike marking event at the annual Eastcote House Gardens fete. The event was attended by over 1000 people providing an excellent opportunity for the team to offer crime prevention advice and help the community and residents to protect their property. Surely that amounts to good visibility?
Ready for anything: The Harefield team were on hand at the village summer fete. This was a great community engagement opportunity where the officers chatted with several hundred local residents. The day turned into more than tea and buns however. Whilst at the fete, the officers responded to a call nearby to neighbours fighting. PC Foley found the victim and secured the suspects address until back-up arrived. The suspect was arrested, PC Foley obtained the victim statement before returning to his cup of tea at the fete.
Helping out at big events: Officers from West Ruislip and Northwood teams assisted the Michael Sobell Hospice with a “Ladies in the Night” charity walk around Northwood and Northwood Hills. The event had over 1000 walkers all raising money for cancer charities. Everyone was in high spirits and the event went without incident. Much to some of the walkers surprise a stray dog tried to join in the walk. Officers were quickly on hand and called out the dog warden. Thankfully due to their twitter appeal the dog was soon reunited with its owner. The team received a big thank you from the event organisers. Only a few hours later some of those officers were back on duty for when RAF Northolt held its centenary open day. 13,000 attendees safely entered and exited the base without too many problems, and were able to enjoy the fly by’s and rides. . Everything was going so well until the RAF sniffer dog identified a car inside the perimeter that smelt of explosives. This was handles quickly by us and found to be nothing more scary than a spilt can of engine oil! The quick handling of this incident and engagement with those held up on entry was soon appearing on Facebook, but all comments were positive. The event also provided a great engagement opportunity for the local officers.
Cops hotwire motorbike!: Sgt Fanton, PC Christmas and PC Bell (Northwood and Northwood Hills team) were alerted to two large, high powered motorbikes that had been found in the Ruislip Woods. After hunting around the woods they managed to find two motorbikes that had been hidden there. Efforts had clearly been made to disguise them under branches and markings made on the footway to direct people in to where they were hidden. The bikes were stolen from outside London. Clearly they were going to be used to commit crime and did not appear to be just local youths who had nicked some mopeds. Getting the bikes out of the woods was not straightforward. PC Christmas managed to use his skills from a misspent youth to get the ignition on in order to get the bike moving, followed by a lot of heaving and sweating to get the bikes out of the woods. This has clearly disrupted someone’s criminal plans so it was all worth it.
Nicking villains: I know the focus of these stories has been community policing but lets not forget the hard work of the High Visibility Team. In one week alone they arrested one person for driving whilst disqualified, five people for possession of drugs with intent to supply, one person for stealing a car and two people for theft.
Contact details for your local sergeants   
Ali Fagg has been replaced by David Peaks so updated contact e-mails for your local ward sergeants are as follows:
Cavendish and Manor Wards - Sgt Jonno Shard (
Eastcote & East Ruislip and West Ruislip - Sgt Eleanor Charlston (
Harefield and Ickenham - Sgt David Peaks (
Northwood and Northwood Hills - Sgt Alison Fanton (
South Ruislip - Sgt Chris Kerr (
I now have a twitter account for those of you who use it. Follow me @MPSHillingNorth
This message has also been sent to people registered on our crime prevention register so I apologise if you receive this twice (or more!).
All the best,
Inspector Rob Bryan
Hillingdon North Safer Neighbourhoods
Hillingdon Borough
Phone 020 8246 1816 | Mobile 07500097182 | E-mail | Twitter @MPSHillingNorth
Address Ruislip Police Station, The Oaks, HA4 7LE
Follow me on Twitter @MPSHillingNorth
Follow Hillingdon Police on Twitter @MPSHillingdon
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Out of Hours Flights Northolt Calibrations: 17 and 18 August between 2200 and 0200

Directly from RAF Northolt

Dear Everyone,

I am writing to inform you that an out Out Of Hours flight has been confirmed, pending suitable weather and serviceability.

Please be advised that RAF Northolt will have a Flight Checker aircraft conducting circuits on the nights of 17 and 18 August between 2200 and 0200.

As on previous occasions, the Flight Checker will conduct essential calibration of airfield radar and navigation equipment.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this causes; thank you for your support.

Kind Regards


Sqn Ldr J E TENNISWOOD| Media & Communications Officer | RAF Northolt | West End Road | RUISLIP | HA4 6NG

Minutes of the last SRRA Quarterly Meeting held 22nd July 2015

The minutes are below.  Good meeting!

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church Hall On Wednesday July 22nd 2015

In attendance were 53 residents and 11 committee members.  Councillors present Eddie Lavery, Allan Kauffman & Judy Kelly.

Apologies were received from: Cllr Jem Duducu, Michael White and Teji Barnes and committee member Francis Jones

1.0  Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes.

 2.0  ARLA

Judgement in favour of building the ARLA development and against Sainsburys.  Sid had asked Sainsbury’s if they will appeal against the judge’s decision.  Said that they wouldn’t.  Development feted to start early September.

3.0  Newsletter in New Format

Thank you for the new format Lynne.

Amendments Stonefield Park, more detail requested on the litter pick, which goes ahead on the 15th August 2015 meeting at 10am starting at South Ruislip Library.

Full Colour newsletters – Prize if you get one!

3.1 Rats / Sainsburys

Pest Control in Sainsbury’s – rats reported, keen to have litter removed.  This has been reported to the council.

4.0  HS2

In agreement with the SRRA, Cllr Allan Kauffman presented at HS2 hearing in London.  As we were only there to discuss mitigation rather than the principle of HS2, main concerns raised over the digging in the ARLA site and the vent shaft, the volume of traffic with 200 lorries a day leaving the site.

Second issue with closing Station Approach, West End Road, Bridgewater Road and Long Drive.  Lynne and Allan counted the businesses there 91 businesses affected then there is the LIDL, B&M, housing, so more of an issue with traffic.

Concern raised that they are planning this as a paper exercise rather than dealing with realities.  Proposing to access with in one place an location which is currently blocked so asked for a review in more detail.

Allan and Sid have received a letter from the Chair of the committee saying that they will take our concerns into consideration.

5.0 Treasurers Report

Current account £620.74 and reserve £12356.70 as at 30th June.

6.0 Chief Road Steward

Letters were late this time.  Thanks for getting them out on time.

Henry moving South, he will be around for a few months.  Looking for a new person to take over as CRS.

7.0 Police

Henry mentioned talk from victim support.  Voluntary organisation, they will come and support you with assistance.  They are looking for premises in the area.

PCSO’s are finished.  No more coming in future.

Sid recounted his frustration with police, after a HGV delivery driver damaged a number of cars and the police didn’t turn up. Discussion of a lady who was burgled and had a slow response.

Suggestion to write to Nick Downing.  General dissatisfaction.  Ask him to come to the next meeting.  People welcome to write to SRRA if they have had issues where they feel the police have not followed up.

Burglary, lack of contact from the police.  Not enough resources for the police.

8.0       Community Voice

Next meeting in September.  Discussion will be on the transfer of care from Hospitals to the community, especially at GP level.

9.0 RAF Northolt

Sid had a meeting with Ops at RAF meeting.  Nothing has changed from before re the discussion on flight path changes or planes flying over the Mahlon Avenue area.

Biggin Hill have said they have taken legal action against RAF/MOD due to more flights at RAF Northolt.  Sid said that this was a commercial action and not something we would like to be involved with.

One gentleman left the meeting.  Sid commented that it was difficult to mediate between two intractable positions, there is little room for mediation.

10.0 South Ruislip Library

Great children’s section.  Members extolled the virtues.  Great service getting in books, quiz.  Much more than just collection point for new recycling bags.  Recycling bags can also be ordered from the council on a standing order basis and they deliver each quarter.

11.0 Lorries

11.1 HGV Access to South Ruislip Estate

Large lorries rumbling around the area an issue.  Seeing more and more on The Fairway and Long Drive.  Look at estate having a 7.5 ton limit, except for access.  Roads – drop Allan a line to have more signs on local streets.  Sign in middle of road for Torcross, too late.

11.2 South Ruislip Bridge

Notices and restrictions.  Three hits on the South Ruislip Bridge recently. What can be done to improve the safety of the access.

Cllr Kauffman suggested the council will look at spending Section 106 and SIL contribution from the ARLA money on the site to improve the bridge so it becomes an asset but there are a number of warning devices and signs up already.  One gentleman commented that his van was detected as being over height but was well under the limit..

12.0 Beautiful South Ruislip

12.1 Chamber of Commerce South Ruislip

Sid apologised to Lynne for not being invited to talk at the last meeting on the subject of   Beautiful South Ruislip. Working on getting members for a chamber of commerce so they can act as a group, especially with the commercial threats from ASDA as well as Sainsburys.

12.2 Rover/MG site, Victoria Road

The site at Rover/MG site is being cleared, concern about rubbish at the site but it’s starting to be cleared.  Lidl going for planning permission for their store.

12.3 Victoria Road, Parking/Red Route

Victoria Road, parking up causing traffic flow issues.  Discussed possible Red line route status for the road.

13.0 Stonefield Park

Elaine Haynes:  Playing area is breaking up, rubber matting will be sorted for the 28th July, would like it renewed altogether though.

14.0 Any Other Business

14.1 South Ruislip Bike Parking

Cycle chain to rail at South Ruislip on the bike.  To be removed.

14.2 Proposed Zebra Crossing on Victoria Road

Refused, no further action.  Suggestion of barriers being put in place to flow people to the crossing.  Cllr Kelly would look at that.

14.3 Long Drive Rubbish

Complaint from residents about rubbish being left out too early and on the wrong days that foxes are opening and spreading.  Cllr Kelly said that she would look into this.  [Added at time writing minutes: Judy wrote to advise that the council leafleted the area informing residents of responsibilities and correct process]

14.4 Bin Collection/Recycling

Dissatisfaction expressed bin collection and spreading of mess.  Also leaving green waste bags in the road.  Tightening up needed.

14.5 Ivory Dental Service Bin

Reminder of request for reason why that was removed made of Cllr Kauffman.

15.0 Meeting Closed


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