Brent’s top cop explains why officers are so busy in the borough

Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher Brent's borough commander

Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher Brent's borough commander - Credit: Archant

It’s been two weeks since the last Bank Holiday weekend and its two weeks before the next.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how busy my staff were on that weekend and tell you what’s coming up in Brent over the next one.

Last weekend whilst many of us were enjoying the lovely weather my officers were working hard to keep Brent safe. Examples of their good work include arresting a man who had been seen to climb through a broken window of a house. PC James Allin and PC Stu Hollick found him inside the address holding the occupiers laptop, jewellery and cash.

Separately PC Gareth Griffith apprehended a man for stealing a handbag from a vehicle. My detectives have successfully charged both suspects and remanded them to court. In both cases I am thankful to the Brent residents who spotted these incidents and called us; making these successes possible.

In the courts last week, two 17-year-olds were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court for a burglary that occurred in Wembley in March. They were sentenced to one and two years detention and training order respectively.


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Looking forward to the next Bank Holiday weekend, Wembley Stadium hosts the FA Cup Final. There will be a lot of football fans in the area.

Shortly afterwards the Stadium hosts three One Direction concerts on June 6-8. Brent Police are working with our partners to ensure the safety of those attending the football and the concerts and local residents alike.

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Since 2006, Brent has seen a decline in theft of motor vehicles. Having said that we are starting to see a small rise in cars and mopeds being stolen at the moment. In particular BMW cars are being taken without the owners keys. I would ask all vehicle owners but in particular BMW and moped owners to consider investing in additional anti theft devices such as good quality steering & bike locks.

May is Scam Awareness Month being lead by Citizens Advice and Trading Standards. Details can be found at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/sam14.

If you are unfortunately a victim of a scam the place to report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk/home.

To end I would like to encourage you to visit our website www.met.police.uk/borough/brent where you can find the latest news and information on how to contact us.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @MPSBrent.

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