Author: Johanna Kaschke

Area name chances affects OWL users

Whilst Tower Hamlets Council has changed the following area names

former St. Petersformer Bethnal Green
now Bethnal Green Westnow Bethnal Green East

Metropolitan Police Services, including OWL do not yet reflect that change. Area information on OWL is unable to load because Council has already changed their services to the new names, whilst Met Police has not.

We have changed the area names on Ourwatch, so members can see their ward names as they are now when using the Ourwatch system.

We have written to Tower Hamlets Police about the issue and also contacted Ourwatch members to make them aware that their Police SNT area is still under the old name rather than the new one, which is now also used for Councillor information on the Tower Hamlets website.

Hoping that can be resolved soon. We are not in charge of programming OWL services, but we are in charge of Ourwatch services. OWL is run by Tower Hamlets Police.

Texan synagogue attack

Sent on behalf of Jane Corrigan, Detective Superintendent, London Prevent Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing – SO15.

Good morning,

You may be aware of the events at a Synagogue in Texas this weekend. We can let you know that the suspect is now confirmed as dead. The Foreign Office has confirmed that they are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with authorities there. The incident is still under investigation and officers from Counter Terrorism Policing are also liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI regarding the incident.

This type of incident can have a profound effect on all communities and, in this instance, we are particularly aware of the effect on British Jewish communities. We know that many of you will be playing an important role in your own areas to provide support and reassurance to those affected, and to help bring communities together.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant and we understand people will be concerned.

The Community Security Trust provides security advice and training for Jewish communal organisations, schools and synagogues.

Please report any hate crime incidents to the police – via 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency.  You can also report online through the police hate crime reporting site True Vision (http://report-it.org.uk/home), or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK, the CST or Tell Mama.

Security at places of worship – The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has guidance with protective security advice covering a range of places including places of worship as a specific sector. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance

For anything immediately concerning contact 101, or in an emergency situation always call 999.

Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by this incident can be found at https://victimsofterrorism.campaign.gov.uk/

Our Strategic Engagement Team will be monitoring tensions over the coming days, if you do have any increase in concerns, feel free to feed it into your local policing team so we can capture it in our pan London and national overview.

I’d be grateful if you could share this message with your networks and of course visit – www.ActEarly.UK or contact the advice line on 0800 011 3764 if you are concern about someone who is vulnerable to being radicalised.

Added by THNWA

Locals to Tower Hamlets are welcome to use our anonymous reporting tool if they know about planned attacks but don’t want to make themselves known as informants.

Please join Neighbourhood Watch, we work closely with authorities to prevent Hatecrime and Terrorism and make access to the ACT App to our members.

2021, highest rate of teenage homicide in London

We strongly urge all who work, live or talk with/to young people to remind them of the dangers of getting involved with anything illegal these days.

Most criminals aim to establish gangs, based on teenage and vulnerable persons’ who are used as mules and slave labour.

See BBC article on the 30th teenage killing in London this year.

Gangs can be seen as replacement family by youngsters to begin with. But, the pressures for ‘wrongdoing’ according to the gang code leads to corporal punishment and can result in death for the ‘wrongdoer’.

We know that parents are often unaware of their children’s involvement, but even if your child maintains, that they are not involved in gangs, persist on telling them of the dangers.

Do your children go out without going to a properly supervised activity, do they meet friends in the street? Are they evasive and don’t want to talk about things? Do you know of young people who tend to travel away from home for no apparent reason? Tell the police about this. Tell us about this, using our anonymous facility if you do not want to get involved.

We strongly advise that you check your children’s school bag for sharp objects or tablets. Children can be told by others in school that they need a knife to protect themselves.

For all who make their own decisions, please do not take out any knives with you when you are out. The person wanting to harm you, will do so, regardless.

Your best insurance against harm is not to get involved with anything that is not lawful. Gangs often get people involved and once you are involved, you are punished under the gang code.

So not getting involved is your best insurance to not suffer harm.

Finally, if you use illegal drugs, bought from dealers, you are contributing to the gang culture. The gang culture exists because the gang leaders can profit from the illegal trade.

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Where is the money gone?

A recent FOI request to MOPAC revealed that the Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Board (SNB) has spent

  • £4,152 from 2018-19 establishing a Neighbourhood Watch Association
  • £3,000 from 2019-20 development of Neighbourhood Watch
  • £1,730 from 2020-21 development of Neighbourhood Watch

The only problem about this is, that to our knowledge, no Neighbourhood Watch Association was established by the SNB in Tower Hamlets. We have not found any evidence of such Association, nor been given any documentation or proof of any such organisation.

In contrast, we, the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association did not get one penny of those sums mentioned above, a total of £8,882. See our latest annual statement.

We want to know, ‘Where has all the money gone’?

We made many request for clarification with MOPAC, with the SNB, with one of our MPs Rushanara Ali and now also with police, which resulted in a CAD 1584 – 18/12/21

If anybody has any information about how the funding for Neighbourhood Watch was spent, please let us know. You can contact us or use our anonymous form. Please use reference CAD1584-18/12/21

It probably is typical for Tower Hamlets, with such high rates of crime that such problems occur.

We really would appreciate any funding, money you can spare, please donate, which will be used for Neighbourhood Watch in Tower Hamlets.

The terrible facts of violence in TH

The terrible facts of violence in TH

These statistics show the terrifying rise of violence in Tower Hamlets since Nov 2019. It does not include the latest events over the holiday period as listed in the previous post.

Seeing the problem is the first step of tying to resolve it.

We’ve only just established as an organisation but feel that it is very necessary to have a working group to sift through the problems and potential solutions a community organisation like Neighbourhood Watch can bring onto the table.

Often events get buried in statistics, which hardly anybody ever looks at. Young people and all in general do not get made aware enough of how terrible a result violence has on human society. How getting involved in crimes, which use weapons and knives, has a downturn effect on their lives.

This is just knife crime

We have many good organisations, which provide help and assistance for those who seek it. However, what is concerning are the people who do not seek help out of the wheel of crime and violence and simply use violence against other people without trying a more civilised approach.

We think that more Neighbourhood Watch groups could help. Tower Hamlets does not have a lot. The Council concentrates on involving people in art, community groups around gardening and other leisure activities but not Neighbourhood Watch.

Please register with us, which would be a great start and help organise people who are interested into local groups. Then contact us and tell us what your main interests are.

Help your neighbours, sad events over the festive period

  • 29. December 21.
    • CAD 4908/29DEC21 – Stabbing
    • 20:53, police and ambulance were called to male found stabbed in Chapman street, family of victim informed. Injured male in hospital receiving treatment. The area is cordoned off, but no S60 issued, is isolated incident. Area under constant review.
  • 28. December 21CAD/4305/28DEC21 – Stabbing
    • One male located near Burger King close to Commercial Street and the second male treated in an ambulance, parked outside the East London Mosque. Males taken to separate London hospitals. Altab Ali Park was sealed off. A section 60 CJPOA was not deemed necessary. Both men treated in hospital with non life threatening injuries.
  • 28. December 21.CAD 2203/28DEC21 – Murder
    • William Whiffin Square, London E3. Police were called at 11:01; officers and ambulance [LAS] attended. A 28-year old male with knife injuries was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead at 11:48hrs. Met’s specialist crime Command and Central East Command are investigating. A 31-year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
  • 25. December 21.
    • CAD 1957/25DEC21
    • Sadly a male, admitted to the Royal London Hospital died from an noxious substance. A male was arrested on suspicion of administering that noxious substance. Treated as isolated incidence

Do you have concerns about these events? We strongly recommend joining Neighbourhood Watch groups to share your concerns and

if you have information but do not want to get involved,

  • we gladly take anonymous reports with pictures over our reporting page.
  • Otherwise please call 101 or
  • use the Met reporting service online or
  • on Twitter to pass on your reports.

Nida House could have been prevented

Nida House could have been prevented

The death of an 11 year old girl could have been prevented with an active Neighbourhood Watch group in the building. We do not have any members signed up for Nida House.

Neighbourhood Watch groups meet with safety and community well-being in mind. They would talk about things that happen in their lives, community, dwellings and the storage of chemicals in a flat, could have emerged as a red-flag event, that a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator would have reported to the landlord and/or authorities.

That chemicals were stored in a flat would have concerned a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.

Date & Time: 12/12/2021 00:27
CAD Number: 4966/11DEC21

Incident Type: Suspicious Death
Location: Nida House, Sutton Street, E1

Police are still looking to hear from people who have information about this, on the CAD number 4966/11DEC21. Ring 101 or report online to Met Police using, their website or twitter feed. You can also contact us anonymously about this.

We are desperately trying to convince local landlords to sign up with us to establish more Neighbourhood Watch groups in the area.

Unfortunately so far, Tower Hamlets Council mainly supports Residents groups, which are formed around social interaction like gardening, art and culture. The council does not promoted Neighbourhood Watch enough.

It is completely free of charge to register and build local Neighbourhood Watch groups but people usually only take this initiative if they are prompted by local leaders.

Registration with Ourwatch will regularly provide you with community safety alerts, crime prevention material and tools to build and maintain your Neighbourhood Watch group.

The BBC report about the event says: “Next to the rattling rails of the DLR tracks, one local resident told me of the “calm community” and his surprise at seeing lots of emergency vehicles arriving on Saturday.

The block of flats affected is private rented accommodation and nearby council properties are unaffected.”

We encourage all, who live and work in Tower Hamlets to sign up with us. Where there are housing providers who do not have yet Neighbourhood Watch groups established, we provide a service for them.

Networking event with Shomrim

Networking event with Shomrim

We are delighted to have Rabbi Gluck, OBE, President of Stamford Hill Shomrim and chair of the Arab/Jewish and Muslim/Jewish forums.

What an excellent opportunity to network with Hackney and Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch groups.

Bring and share food and drink but strictly non-alcoholic.

This event is ticketed. This event will be held on Zoom on Saturday 18. Dec 2021 from 18:15 – 19:15

Hydra teaching at Met’s Hendon Academy

The famous Hendon Police Academy in Hendon, hosted a Hydra session for IAG members. The tech-driven teaching strategy provides a events simulator, which involves various agencies for problem solving. These tech suites are used to train police officers.

I met members of the Hackney IAG last Sunday.

Johanna Secretary/MSA of the borough association with Chief Inspector Scammell

IAG members can also be Neighbourhood Watch members. IAG consult on specific aspects of communal issues.

At this moment in time I am having problems location any details about the Tower Hamlets Independent Advisory Groups. I could find a query on the MOPAC website from 2006.

IAG groups give special advise on

  • Race
  • LGBT
  • Gypsy and Traveller
  • Youth
  • Disability
  • Trident
  • Gun crime in the Black Community
  • Sapphire (rape and sexual offending)
  • Safeguarding of children
  • Operation Blunt (knife crime)

I am awaiting actual details and shall up-date ASAP

Pledge to stop County Lines

Pledge to stop County Lines

As widely published today in the British media, Boris Johnson, has pledged to stop to break up 2,000 “county lines” drugs gangs in a £300 million drive to rid the country’s streets of illegal narcotics.

Among the measures in the strategy is an expansion of drug testing on arrest, with police encouraged to direct individuals who test positive towards treatment or other relevant interventions. See ITV report.

We started our ‘Stop taking drugs, stop supporting the drug dealers’ campaign three months ago. Definitely drugs trade will exist as long as it is profitable for drug dealers to make money from it.

Unfortunately drug users support this terrible trade by supporting exploitation of children for County Lines, which is a very violent gang driven crime syndicate. 90% of prison inmates are convicted in drug related crimes.

It is more than welcome that plans are made to also simultaneously interrupt social drugs use, which seems harmless and fun but fundamentally supports the drug gangs.

The promised £300 Million investment, to help addicts recover reports Sky News. The prime minister said: “Drugs are a scourge on our society, fuelling violence on our streets which communities across the country are forced to endure.”

The Independent reports that Drug users could loose passports. The Guardian also says driving licenses could also be lost if drug use continues.

Apparently testing has found drug deposits in the House of Commons and police may use sniffer dogs to search the meeting places for our MPs.

The previously published 10 year strategy under Tony Blair, see here, was not as effective or radical as the new one published by the Boris Johnson government.

BBC article promises there will be nowhere to hide.