Inner London attracts a fair amount of runaway young persons.
We ask you to look out for young runaways who may sit in the street. There is an obvious danger that these runaways get exploited by
People inviting them to stay in their homes for sexual favours
people using them for slave labour
gangs and criminals
If you come across young people sitting in the street, who look out of place, lost or homeless, please invite them to call the
Runaway helpline 116 000
If that young person does not have a mobile phone and you cannot afford to buy them a cheap one with a sim, then please ask local shops to accept young people calling from their premises to call or text. Runaway helpline website.
I am writing to inform you that the London Fire Brigade has launched a new Home Fire Safety Checker aimed at offering residents an online fire risk assessment in their individual homes to complement our free Home Fire Safety Visit programme.
This innovative online tool allows residents to receive tailored fire safety advice based on the type of property they live in, as well as behaviours commonly associated with fire risk. The Checker guides them around their home to help them identify any potential fire risks and hazards, then provides advice as to how they can take steps to reduce those risks. The assessment could be carried out on their behalf by a carer or family member, if appropriate.
Though we continue to offer free in-person Home Fire Safety Visits (london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/home-fire-safety), we want to focus these visits on the most vulnerable in our communities; the Online Checker is an easy-to-use tool for everyone that will signpost them towards booking an in-person visit if any significant risks are raised.
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
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.
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
Speeches from representatives of peace supporting organisations talking about the impact of hate crime
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
Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Tom Moore and Co-founder of The Captain Tom Foundation, has joined Neighbourhood Watch Network and Co-op Insurance to help us find the nation’s most remarkable neighbours.
To nominate your
NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR,
YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR (21 years and under) or
The words ‘student safety’ can bring to mind awkward parental advice, scaremongering lectures or, worst of all, an ageing man in a backwards cap saying ‘how do you do, fellow kids’? But the people who know students best are… students.
THE LOOKOUT termly magazine is full of incredible stories written by students for students. It also features stories of students across the country who are doing amazing things to bring their campus and local community together, advice on safety and wellbeing, and how to get involved with local volunteering opportunities.
Our main membership hub is Ourwatch. It has a network of over 1 Million signed up members in the UK and reaches over 1/3 of all residents with the messages we send.
Even if you cannot find an existing watch group in your area, continue to register and you will benefit from excellent crime prevention messages and other information sent my your local and national membership administration volunteers/staff.
Join the borough Association and have a vote in the running of it.
Since our Charity registration was completed with the Charity Commission, we held our first public meeting with surprising results.
It was refreshing to hear how openly, those attending, discussed their personal, professional and public issues to do with personal and community safety.
Tower Hamlets Community Safety Officer John Fortune and 3 Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Officers and Anne Ambrose, who sits on the Safer Neighbourhood Board, discuss Community Safety at our meeting. As well as No Place for Hate representative Benedicta Dikeocha and Junior Lawyer President Avion Headley all spoke on the issue of Race Hate and equality.
Pictures do not show all those attending. Minutes of the meeting are published here.
We thank all those attending meetings and seeing us at other public events, those who ask questions and want to know more about Neighbourhood Watch.
Then those who come to see us from other areas of London are always very pleased to hear that they can register with any address in Great Britain on the same website Ourwatch and get automatically allocated to their local scheme, area representative and connect to their local borough or force association.
That became especially clear at the recent HARCA event on Teviot estate.
It became clear that publications, which describe OWL as advanced solution for police & communities, are in fact not correct as OWL is not as advanced as it is described on this Council website.
The most important issue is that the vast majority of crime prevention alerts are sent out via Ourwatch or Neighbourhood Alert to all those registered with those services. I know that from personal experience as I am both registered with OWL and Ourwatch. Those messages sent through Ourwatch reach over 1/4 of the UK population, whilst OWL hardly ever sends out crime alerts and OWL messages reach only a very limited number of recipients. In fact we get more messages on open platform Twitter than from OWL.
Watch registration is more advanced on Ourwatch as you actually have a choice to map your watch area to an area of your choice – if available – and you are not forced to accept a whole post code for your watch area but you also have a choice to have several post codes as your watch area and can run more than one watch scheme both on the streets and online. You can register a watch encompassing a street, an estate or only one building.
On our version of OWL, there are no co-ordinators listed, whilst on Ourwatch you can create, maintain and develop your own scheme. OWL is available only in a very small area of Britain (a few London boroughs) and doesn’t interconnect with the rest of the national system.