Earlier today, Stephen Timms, met with a number of residents who live in and around Browning Road who previously raised with him their concerns about a spate of muggings and anti-social behaviour in recent months.
The meeting was held at St Barnabas Church, by kind permission of the vicar, Rev James Ramsay. Stephen was joined by Police Sergeant Wayne Robbens and Prakash Kizhekkepatt, who represented the views of the local community.
During the meeting, PS Robbens reassured those present that crime had fallen in the area since September. He also invited residents to join the East Ham North Ward Panel which is organised by the local PCSO, Ray Roberts. PS Robbens also told those at the meeting that he and his officers will be holding a number of street briefings in the coming months. The next street briefing will be held on 5 February in Hathaway Crescent.
A number of residents showed an interest in starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Stephen and PS Robbens agreed to help them set up the group.
Speaking later, Stephen said: “The meeting today was very useful indeed. A number of people I spoke to afterwards were grateful to have the chance of airing their concerns directly to PS Robbens.
“It is a step forward that we have agreed, in principle, to establish a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the area. I understand some of the residents have already agreed to meet with PCSO Roberts to receive the necessary paperwork.
“I would like to thank all those involved in organising today’s meeting.”
Local resident, and convenor of the meeting, Prakash Kizhekkepatt said: "I am very pleased that local residents had the chance to meet with Stephen Timms and PS Robbins today. The number of people present show just how strongly residents feel about the need for the council and police to do more in the area. During the discussion at the end of the meeting, there was significant interest in setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme as well as installing CCTV in Browning Road."