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.”
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