The Northwood Hills Safer Neighbourhood Team (NHSNT) have been cracking down on drug and knife crime during the pandemic.
NHSNT have had a real ward presence on their police cycles in recent weeks.
Filling ward members via email, the team said: “Unfortunately even during these times of the coronavirus lockdown there are individuals that will take part in drugs actively. Individuals on the ward carry and deal class B drugs. The Northwood Hills team have extensively patrolled the ward to deter drugs activity and increase police presence in burglary, motor-vehicle and anti-social behaviour crime hotspots.
“The team have been speaking to members of the public that have been out and about to gather and build intelligence. This month the team has also worked alongside other ward offices to deter and prevent crime.
“Criminals are attracted to open spaces like parks and isolated alleyways as they offer them the opportunity to evade police and conceal knives or articles adapted for use as weapons. These open spaces can also be used to store drugs to facilitate a drugs exchange.
“The team has been engaging with the youths on the ward to provide them with advice in relation to knife crime but to also understand why youths think it’s normal to carry a knife.
“The team wish to get the message across that, if youths are considering carrying a knife or are already carrying one there are things that they need to think about and while some people/places may make them feel like they need to carry knives, it is never worth it.”
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