The incident on Monday evening (20th Aug) in Kingsbury where 3 people were stabbed outside the Underground station is quite shocking. We have had growing concern about rising serious crime in the Kingsbury area which residents and business have been telling us about. Your Councillors have been raising this issue for the last few months with both Brent’s Community safety team and it’s partners the Met Police.
We have had a briefing from Council officers and have requested additional resources both from the Council and the Police. In response the Police Commander for NW London Simon Rose has told us “A substantial additional level of Police officers from the Violent Crimes Unit have been drafted in to the Kingsbury area. Stop and Search powers have been granted to provide highly visible additional policing and generate intelligence. This violence on our streets is unacceptable and will be stopped. The persons responsible for this incident will be hunted down and arrested.”
Brent is continuing to spend £2.3M pounds on a new CCTV control room and new state of the art high definition cameras to help tackle crime and disorder. Brent Council has been helping the Police with information from CCTV following the incident. The Kingsbury High Road camera has not been updated yet and we will be asking that this is done immediately.
Sadly the previous Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Government have cut the Police budget and manpower is now the lowest for 20 years. The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to spending an extra £138M but we need the Government to act and invest.
The Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information if you have any information can call Trident officers using 101 and quote CAD 7953 aug20 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.