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Hello all

Where did June go!?

Hopefully you will have read the update I sent the other day regarding the incidents that have been taking place in the open spaces across the Borough. The latest information provided from our communications officer is:

 Update re Investigation into park assaults - Police continue to appeal for information

A second arrest has been made as police continue to investigate a number of assaults in Haringey parks.

Detectives are reiterating their appeal for information.

Detectives are potentially linking a number of assaults during the daylight hours of the afternoon in Haringey parks, in which the victims have been approached by a lone man and assaulted, with no apparent motive.

Officers are investigating the incidents, which have taken place in Highgate Wood, Queens Wood and Alexandra Park. Detectives are also looking into whether there is any link with an assault in Belmont Recreation Ground, N22.

The suspect is described as male, white/light skinned, aged 20 to 35 years, 5ft 7inch to 5ft 11inch tall, short dark hair, wearing casual clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Kay Sekyere of Haringey CID on 07899 967 616 or 020 8345 0712 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you see anything suspicious, please call 999.

Investigating officer, DC Kay Sekyere, of Haringey CID, said: “We are looking at any potential links between the incidents. Our enquiries are still ongoing and we continue to appeal to the public to contact us if they have any information.”

+ [A] A 33 year-old man arrested in connection with the incidents has been bailed to return to police on 19 July 2012 pending further enquiries

+ [B] A 27 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents and is currently in police custody.



You will see from this that a further arrest was made yesterday. Please be reassured that the open spaces and parks in our wards are being patrolled by the Safer Neighbourhood teams and other units to try and prevent further incidents and to reassure the public. To reiterate the above please please call if you see or hear anything that you think may be linked to these incidents.

With regard to other issues over the last month the news is mixed. There were 3 robberies around the Shepherds Hill / Claremont Road area in which school age youngsters were targeted during the afternoons. There has been an arrest in respect of one of these offences and the investigation continues. Fortunately there were no injuries sustained. There was an incident in Northwood Road where an elderly lady was robbed of her handbag and did sustain some injury. This again happened during the day and although the property was recovered (minus some cash) the suspect was not caught. The Highgate team have been patrolling the area both in uniform and in plain clothes as they are determined to bring an end to these incidents.

There have again been a number of burglaries across the wards. No more than during the same time last year but still too many. We get a regular update as to how many burglaries are committed by people gaining access to property through unlocked or open doors and windows and it is a surprisingly high number. Whilst no one ever has the right to come into your premises uninvited it does make sense to provide some protection to your property. I recently spent a couple of hours with our Crime Prevention and Design Advisor looking round Oakfield Court off Haslemere Road. The idea being for him to make recommendations as to security improvements to the locality to prevent future break-ins. There are obviously cost and practicality considerations but it is helpful to have an expert cast their eye over historic issues to maybe provide some fresh input and ideas. A report is being compiled and its recommendations will be considered. If you think your local street / block would benefit from a similar visit please let me know and we will try and arrange it.

Again there are some positive stories with suspects having been arrested for a burglary on each of the wards. Please keep any information regarding suspicious activity coming.

On the community front I had the pleasure of attending my first Highgate Festival during June. What an excellent day with an impressive array of stalls and activities. No doubt a lot of effort goes in to the event by a lot of people but rest assured it is worth it!

Crouch End's turn this weekend with the Hornsey Carnival making its way through the Broadway and beyond. I hope the forecast of impending monsoons is wide of the mark….particularly as I will be escorting the parade!

July promises to be a busy month with the teams still working towards their priorities and dealing with the current issues like the one mentioned earlier. There is also the end of the school year and the beginning of a certain sporting event.

Well no glorious victory in 'The Euro's' so we will have to rely on our Olympians to provide some much needed success! After all the build up the event is almost upon us and I hope lots of you will take the opportunity to see the torch pass through Haringey on the 25th. Let's hope the sun shines so that, as my little girl said 'we can put our short sleeved trousers on'......... 'Shorts' to you and me but then she is only 6!

After the last update someone suggested that I remind people of the contact numbers for the police so here goes: Emergencies (you needPolice NOW!) Dial 999. You wish to report an incident or pass on some information (non emergency) Dial 101. You wish to speak to the Safer Neighbourhood Team regarding local issues 0208 649 3515 (Crouch End) or 0208 721 2673 (Highgate).

Best wishes

John 
Sergeant John McGrath
Crouch End and Highgate SNT's - Haringey

Phone: 0208 649 3515
           0208 721 2673
E-mail: 
John.McGrath@met.police.uk
Mail: The Collection 73-75 Crouch Hall Road
           N8 8HD

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