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The pressures facing the Met’s budget were initially so great that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met Commissioner, even predicted that London could finally lose between 5000 and 8000 police officer posts in an interview he gave to the Evening Standard in mid-October.
However after extensive campaigning against these cuts, and of course the horrific events in Paris, a decision was made by the Home Office to largely protect the grant given to the Met in future years.
The announcement that PCSOs will be protected in London was made by Sir Bernard in response to questioning last week by Caroline Pidgeon at City Hall’s Police and Crime Committee.
Following his announcement Caroline said:
“This is great news and a huge victory for everyone who values community policing. Getting rid of London’s Police Community Support Officers would have seen London return to the dark days of remote and inaccessible policing. Police Community Support Officers play a crucial role in building up relations and engaging with local communities, including the collection of vital intelligence for effective policing. London is a safer place because they exist.”
For further details see this report on Mayorwatch website.
This photo is taken of Cllr. Jill Whitehead and colleagues from last week’s emergency planning exercise at Sutton Life Centre where the exercise focused on a hypothetical emergency outside Carshalton railway station. All the emergency services were working together e.g. the Council, police, fire service, ambulance service, red cross, and others.
The Life Centre doubled as a centre for the “walking wounded” in the exercise, and a total of 75 volunteers took part acting out roles of those affected by the emergency. The exercise had been planned for some time but was very relevant in the current situation, with the recent Paris events uppermost in many people’s minds.
From Tom Brake MP for Carshalton & Wallington…
Just when security should be at the top of the agenda for the Mayor of London and Conservative Government, they are putting neighbourhood policing at risk.
Over 1,000 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) across London are at risk of being axed to meet Conservative cuts. Please sign our petition here to protect our police.
We live in one of the safest parts of London, where the council and police have a special partnership that helps keep crime down. It’s a great record, but this could all be put at risk if these cuts go ahead.
PCSOs play an invaluable role in keeping crime down. They are often the only visible police presence on our streets and they work hard to pick up local intelligence, prevent low level crime and tackle anti-social behaviour – giving Police Officers the time to tackle more serious crimes.
If you value Sutton’s neighbourhood police as much as I do, please click here to sign our petition.
Lib Dem MP for Carshalton & Wallington
PS. Please send this link – www.tombrake.co.uk/pcsos – to any friends or family who may be interested and encourage them to sign our petition.
A self-employed landscape gardener from Epsom who trades under the name Greenfingers Gardening has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of fraud and money laundering. Benjamin Brown, 62, of 29 Cox Lane, Epsom pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court last week to eight counts of Fraud Act offences and four of money-laundering, following a joint prosecution between Surrey County Council and Sutton Trading Standards with Surrey County Council acting as lead prosecutor.
Mr Brown, whose business includes paving and fencing, obtained business by advertising in local newspapers across Surrey and by putting flyers through letterboxes using the trading names Greenfingers and Homecare Property Maintenance. After being approached by elderly people to undertake work in their gardens, he would charge exorbitant prices for work that was frequently not required or requested, with any requests to stop met with threats, verbal abuse and aggression. Sutton Trading Standards prosecuted Mr Brown on two counts of fraud by failing to disclose information under the Fraud Act 2006.
In the first case, in February 2013 a retired woman saw Mr Brown’s newspaper advertisement and telephoned him to contract him to carry out some landscape gardening. She was not given a Notice of Cancellation at the time of agreeing the contract and he began work on a small garden area at the rear of the property. Mr Brown charged £12,000 – later reduced to £11,000 – for work done that he had originally verbally quoted would cost between £4,000 and £6,000.
In the second case Mr Brown was telephoned by an elderly woman to carry out some fence repairs in her garden, again after seeing his advertisement in the local newspaper. While she had no complaint about the quality of his work, she was charged £10,500 for a relatively short run of fence and a gate.
When the fence was completed Mr Brown proceeded to lift the garden patio slabs despite the pensioner’s requests for him to stop. When she felt she had no alternative but to agree for the path to be re-laid, Mr Brown charged her a further £1,500 to do so.
A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation will now take place against Mr Brown to identify whether he has benefited financially from his crimes. Sentencing has been adjourned until 14 August to allow time for probation and medical reports to be prepared.
Cllr Nick Emmerson, Lead Councillor of Trading Standards at Sutton Council, said:
“We want to congratulate Sutton’s Trading Standards team whose work over a considerable period of time has finally stopped this landscape gardener from grossly overcharging for his work and intimidating people. Sutton residents should always consider looking on the Safer Sutton Trader Scheme List on our website when they are considering employing a tradesperson. This list has been vetted by Trading Standards and offers a range of bona fide tradespeople. Residents should always get several quotes before agreeing to employ a tradesperson and remember that they should expect to receive a cancellation notice from the trader and have the opportunity to cancel a contract within 14 days if it is made at home.”
Anyone needing consumer advice and thinking they may be a victim of a rogue trader should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0345 404 0506.
The following news story from “Sutton Voice” has been kindly forwarded to us …
A 40-year-old man has been convicted and sentenced for damaging a number of trees next to his property. Xhavit Krasniqi, of Coleridge Avenue, Sutton, had arranged for unqualified workers to carry out lopping and topping of six trees from the neighbouring Sutton Council-owned Westmead Allotments.
Officers from Sutton’s Safer Parks Team were called to the scene and found damage to the trees and branch debris on the ground on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Sutton Council sought a statement of loss for the total damage, which was put at £23,759 and for cleaning up the debris, which came to £3,250.
Close liaison between Sutton Council and the Sutton Safer Parks Police Team resulted in the case being dealt with as a criminal matter and Krasniqi was summonsed to attend court. At Croydon Magistrates’ Court in August 2014, Krasniqi pleaded not guilty to criminal damage. The case was referred to Crown Court for trial.
At Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 8 May 2015 Mr. Krasniqiwas found guilty of two counts of causing criminal damage to a total of six trees after a three-day trial. He was found guilty by a majority 11-1 verdict on both counts. Krasniqi was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid community work and to pay £3,500 Crown Prosecution Service costs; £60 victim surcharge and £4,810 compensation to Sutton Council – making a total of £8,370.
The money in compensation to Sutton Council will be used to prune the old trees properly and to plant new trees. The Judge told Krasniqi that he was responsible for the trees being cut down which had put his swimming pool in the shade. The Judge also spoke about the loss of these established trees to the local community. PC Fash Mohammadi said: “This was great team work between Sutton’s Safer Parks Police Team and the London Borough of Sutton to bring this person to trial and face justice for what he had done.”
Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “In Sutton, we pride ourselves in being both a green and fair borough, so it is not acceptable for residents to put their own interests over those of the borough as a whole. We do not tolerate anyone damaging trees on council land and I am pleased that we have worked together with the police successfully on this matter.”
From Caroline Pidgeon’s latest newsletter…
Caroline says:- ”
We are still waiting for the results of the review into changes to Safer Neighbourhood Teams that the police have been carrying out. The new policing model has centralised policing in London and left local Safer Neighbourhood Teams with just one dedicated PC and one PCSO per ward. Previously each ward had 1 sergeant, 2 PCs and 3 PCSOs as a minimum.
The Metropolitan Police have been carrying out a review and we are pushing them to make changes. Even the Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed to me at a Police and Crime Committee that the changes may have gone too far.
We have also had confirmed that the Met Police will be looking again at the future of police stations in the next couple of years and may close more to help with their budget. Again there are no details yet on this.
I will keep you posted on any news on these important local issues…”