Category: Events

Open evening

Open evening

Networking, meeting others, ask questions, talk to partners.

Friday, 28. October 2022, 19:00 – 21:00, Glasshouse Community Centre

light refreshments provided, welcome to bring and share. Calendar

confirmed attendees

  • Representative from Met Police Community Volunteers recruitment
  • Ward Panel members and chairs from various areas
  • Trustees from the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association

invited

  • Chris Weavers, Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • All councillors
  • All residents of Tower Hamlets
National hate crime awareness week

National hate crime awareness week

Organised by NationalHCAW from 8. to 15. October 2022

See the events planned for the whole week nationally and locally

Report Hate Crime

 What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. 

What is a hate incident?

Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. 

For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use the True Vision website to report non-crime hate incidents. 

The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.

Why should I report hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.

By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.  You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your life.

How can I report Hate Crime?

 There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:

In an emergency

  • call 999 or 112.
  • If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for details(opens in new window).

2. Contact the police

  • Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact your local police force, either by telephone or by visiting your local police station. Details on how to contact your local police force can be found at www.police.uk  (opens in new window).

3. Report online

  • You can report online using the facility on this website.  Go to the ‘Reporting online’ page (opens in new window).

4. Self-reporting form

  • You can download the self reporting form and send this to your local police force. The forms, including an Easy Read version, can be found on the ‘Report a hate crime’ page (opens in new window).

5. Third party reporting centres

  • Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Services etc can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support. The ‘Organisations that can help’ page has a list of those organisations that may be able to help you (opens in new window).

6. Crimestoppers

  • If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Tell them what you know 100% anonymously. Always. Speak up. Stop crime. Stay safe.

More information listed on the police funded True Vision website.

www.report-it.org.uk

Civic Memorial Service

The Tower Hamlets Civic Memorial Service to give thanks for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

All Saints Church, Poplar

Thursday, 15. September 2022

beginning with a procession from outside 

The Idea Store in Chrisp Street Market at 5:30pm

All are welcome

A Book of Condolence will be open for signing 

Flowers may be laid on the church steps

I believe that Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman is taking part. 

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a supporter of Neighbourhood Watch and awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to volunteers see here

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 was given to James Maddan, when he was the chair of the former London Neighbourhood Watch Association. He was awarded an OBE in 2015 when he was chair of the National Neighbourhood Watch Network. 

Please attend if you can.

Today is the Tower Hamlets Proclamation at 3pm, which will be broadcast live on this web player. Please tune in if you can. 

The local dynamic

Keeping the momentum of the Platinum Jubilee 2022 going is on everybody’s mind who managed to improve relationships with neighbours during Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, which celebrated 40 years of Neighbourhood Watch. The Eden Project Communities have created wonderful memories on various platforms, when they actually sent people to record the Platinum celebrations in various localities.

We had the benefit of TV appearances of both our CEO John Hayward-Cripps and Head of Membership Cheryl Spruce with founding member Colleen Atkins. Also the day-time favourite series doctors saw the local police officer recommending joining a Neighbourhood Watch group. Cheryl will also speak at our AGM.

Isn’t it commendable that Colleen met with her neighbours over a period of 40 years?

Creating that sense of community is very important to us but Covid put a spanner in our works and we resolved this with electronic communications methods. Whilst many worked from home, the use of Teams and Zoom increased dramatically and social media, as well as WhatsApp drew in many members.

Our WhatsApp group became very popular and grew tremendously. Yet, now we can walk and talk with our neighbours in person again. Reaching out to neighbours is often easier in person. Whilst it is of course a must to register with Ourwatch for formal membership and creating a lasting record of members with the ability to store safely group documents and communications, we mustn’t forget how important it is to actually meet with the people who register online.

We now have a weekly coffee morning for all who wish to speak about their local issues, see event calendar. Booking appointments is also still possible for those who happen to work on Thursday mornings.

We want our local groups to be as independent as possible but also stay informed. We have now created a new WhatsApp group, which informs only and gives our co-ordinators and members the ability to get the Borough Command Unit Partnership messages without fuss via our WhatsApp channel, which is exclusively used for Ourwatch members. Please join Ourwatch and confirm that you wish to be added.

Gun surrender project

Gun surrender project

As part of the general violence reduction strategy, which saw knife bins installed in Tower Hamlets, we can now look forward to the ‘Firearms surrender’ project.

There are however no bins, to drop guns into. Weapons should be handed to front counter staff at identified police stations.

The main locations are:
SOUTH WESTTwickenham Police Station, 41 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3SY.
SOUTH EASTLewisham Police Station, 43 Lewisham High St, Lewisham, SE13 5JZ.
SOUTH AREACroydon Police Station, 71 Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1BP.
CENTRAL SOUTH Brixton Police Station, 367 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7DD.
CENTRAL WESTHammersmith Police Station, 226 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, W6 7NX.
CENTRAL NORTHIslington Police Station, 2 Tolpuddle Street, The Angel, Islington, N1 0YY.
CENTRAL EASTStoke Newington Police Station, 33 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 8DS.
NORTH EASTForest Gate Police Station, 350-360 Romford Rd, London, E7 8BS.
NORTH WESTWembley Police Station, 603 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA0 2HH.
NORTH AREATottenham Police Station, 398 High Rd, Tottenham, N17 9JA
WEST AREAActon Police Station, 250 High St, Acton, W3 9BH.
EAST AREARomford Police Station, 19 Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BJ.
CITY of LONDONBishopsgate Police Station, 182 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NP.

  • Information on how to report a suspected firearms discharge, or to provide information to the police on where firearms are being stored or who is in possession of a firearm can be made via 999, by tweeting @MetCC or via our website.
  • Alternatively, Police encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers. They never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111.
  • The Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association anonymous reporting, facilitates you to submit your information online locally.
  • It could save a life.

Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Blackburn concluded: “We need your help to remove weapons from our streets. Too often we come across family members or friends of criminals being asked to hide firearms. They often believe they won’t be arrested or prosecuted – they will. “If someone asks you to conceal a weapon, they are putting the risk on you. If you are caught in possession of a firearm, the likelihood is you will be jailed for a minimum of five years.”
“Often the firearms we seize are converted and formally legally-owned. They are then acquired by criminals and distributed for illegal use.
“Help us to reduce the threat of gun crime in London. I would urge anyone to seize this opportunity if it applies to you. If you have any information regarding gun crime, please speak to police or in confidence through the independent charity 100% anonymously.”

  • So far this year, lethal barrel discharges have reduced by 37 per cent (Jan-April 22) compared to the same period in 2021.
  • Officers have seized 524 lethal firearms from the streets (financial year 2021/22) compared with 480 in the same period for 2020/21 and 408 in 2019/20;
  • The number of shootings has also gone down from 283 in the financial year 2019/20 to 196 in 2021/22.
  • The results are thanks to dedicated proactive units carrying out long term, intelligence-led operations in areas of heightened gang criminality, spearheaded by our Specialist Crime Command. It means London is now a hostile place for criminals transporting firearms.  
  • Investigations into shootings are becoming stronger, with an increase in the number of charges brought for investigations into shootings rising from 20 per cent in 2019/20 to 38 per cent in 2021/22.
Efficiency of Ward Panels

Efficiency of Ward Panels

To obtain the best results from ward panel meetings we recommend that each panel has an agenda that as closely as possible resembles the recommended agenda, as stated in the Ward Panel Handbook on page 15.

  1. Apologies and Introductions
  2. Minutes and actions from the last meeting
  3. Police actions on the previous priorities
  4. Police report on crime, ASB, ward panel survey results and activity
  5. Community concerns
  6. Agreeing priorities and actions on them
  7. evaluating and suggesting community contact sessions
  8. any other business
  9. date of the next meeting

It proves very beneficial if point 4 gets processed in each meeting because the majority of ward residents use the survey rather than attend in person. If all those in attendance get to know that certain points are already known through the survey, then that frees up time for other issues and those in attendance do not have to highlight this again.

Ward Priorities cannot be set by the panel if survey results are not being disclosed to the panel.

The Ward Panel Handbook states throughout the composition of membership should be wide-reaching and include local partners as well as representatives of community groups.

  • page 10 the ward panel structure
  • page 11 – 12 recommends community representation
  • page 17 – 21 crime comparisons are very important to highlight types of crime and how they varied over time

Point 5 Community concerns can be wide-reaching and include anything from ASB to Hate etc.

Community Contact sessions, in point 7, can be addressed with Councillors attending and together with point 6, each SNT Team can actually request Assurance Patrols in conjunction with registered Police volunteers.

We ask all of you to actively communicate with your Ward Panel chair or SNT officer in charge to request an effective ward panel procedure.

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

Operation Sceptre

Operation Sceptre

Tower Hamlets Police have sent us an up-date on the result of operation sceptre, an initiative designed to ramp up activity to suppress knife crime and wider violence

Met Communication

A vast range of activity was carried out by officers across the Met, including targeted patrols in violence hotspots; warrants to target high harm offenders; and weapons sweeps in areas known for stashed weapons.
Officers also worked closely with British Transport Police during knife arch deployments at transport hubs, aimed at deterring people from carrying weapons and drugs on the train and tube network. Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was also used by Met and City of London officers, targeting those carrying and supplying drugs on the roads in and out of London.
Crucially, there was also a focus on education, diversion and prevention, with officers engaging with 10,563 young people; community members and business owners.
While conducting community weapons sweeps, local officers worked side-by-side with community members, listening to their concerns and searching for hidden or discarded weapons. Officers, Met Special Constables and Volunteer Police Cadets also carried out 290 retailer visits to educate businesses and ensure they were not – and do not in the future – selling knives irresponsibly.
In total, the operation, which ran from Monday, 15 November to Sunday, 21 November 2021, resulted in (Met-Wide):
• 290 knives recovered;
• 937 arrests;
• 82 warrants executed;
• 186 community meetings and educational events, engaging with 1,206 individuals;
• 264 school presentations and engagements, involving 8,063 young people;
• 2,745 weapon sweeps.

We wanted to let you know our local results for this week of intensification, for Tower Hamlets and Hackney,
which are as follows:
137 weapon sweeps.
13 knives found.
51 arrests with 11 for weapon offences.
18 test purchases

We visited all of our Habitual Knife Carriers who were engaged with by our integrated gangs unit or Violence Suppression Unit.

Over 1200 children engaged with through schools presentations or the Junior Citizenship Programme.
Our local plan was led by our Violence Suppression Unit and supported by partners at both Tower Hamlets and Hackney local authorities. We send our gratitude to all of our partners who supported the initiatives across the week.

We all have a part to play in tackling violent crime, and we encourage you to share the following information amongst your organisation/teams:
Taking a stand can be as simple as giving information about crime or those who carry a weapon. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families. Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life


Please also note you are welcome to report anonymously to the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association directly using our online form.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

‘A Safe Place for All’

Football match 9. October 2021 2pm on Astro Turf

Beautiful day for the beautiful game! Today we kicked off National Hate Crime Awareness Week with a football tournament. People from across our community came together through a love of football to take a stand against #HateCrime #NationalHCAW

Disability Hate Crime Workshop

Met Police are holding a workshop on Disability Hate Crime on 12/10 @ 11:30, as part of #NationalHCAW, in collaboration with @RealDPO and @TowerHamletsNow. Join us to raise awareness of hate crime, learn how to report it and where to access support.
Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/BHmWLxF0xr

Peace walk

Fri, 15 October, 14:00 – 18:00

Book tickets here 

Where Altab Ali Park, Adler St, London E1 1FD, UK (map)

When: Friday 15th October 2021

Time: 2.15 – 5.00pm

Where: Meeting at Shaheed Minar Memorial in Altab Ali Park and walking to St John’s Church, Bethnal Green.

Description

2.15pm: Walk Route

Please note: The walk will be on the pavement.

We will set off at 2.30pm on a route taking us through Brick Lane, past the location of one of the nail bombing attacks of 1999, then on to Bethnal Green Road, past Weavers Field, heading back to Whitechapel Road, before turning on to Cambridge Heath Road and heading to St Johns Church on Bethnal Green.

3.30pm: Event at St John’s Church

  • Refreshments
  • Peace Activity
  • Speeches from representatives of peace supporting organisations talking about the impact of hate crime

Speakers Include:

  • Ansar Ahmed Ullah – Altab Ali Foundation
  • Maggie Pinhorn – Tower Hamlets Women’s Network
  • Mark Paterson – ELOP & Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum
  • Mark Healey – 17-24-30- National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • Alan Green – No Place For Hate Forum & Interfaith Forum
  • Superintendent Andy Port – Neighbourhood Policing, Central East – Hackney and Tower Hamlets
  • Councillor Sirajul Islam – Cabinet Member for Community Safety