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
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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.**