Violent criminals living in social housing face eviction in Brent Council crackdown

Police have uncovered 10 guns in the borough during a week which saw three teenagers shot in two days.

In a clampdown against violent crime, addresses were raided over seven days and families living in social housing have been told they could lose their homes if a relative is convicted of a violent crime.

Cllr Lincoln Beswick, Labour councillor for Harlesden ward, said the town hall will look into measures to boot out trouble families.

Cllr Beswick, a former Army officer who is Brent Council’s lead member for crime and community safety, has spoken out after the shootings which took place in Harlesden.

On Friday, two boys aged 15 and 17 were left with ‘life-changing injuries’ after they were shot several times in Talbot Walk in the Church End Estate, Harlesden. The victims, who are said to be brothers, were congregating with other youths when a gunman walked up to them and fired several times before fleeing on foot.

Two days later a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg in Burns Road by three youths on pedal bikes at around 10am.

Cllr Beswick told the Times the council had tried the soft approach through anti-social behaviour orders and dispersal zones and that now it was time to get tough.

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He said: “Parents need to know where their children are at every given time.

“If anyone convicted of a violent crime is living in social housing we may look at evicting them and their family because taxpayers are subsiding their homes.

“We will look to the law books to see what can be done and will use any statutory instruments at our disposal to deal with them.

“We have tried everything and it’s time to get tough.”

The double shooting in Talbot Walk happened the day after three female teenagers were shot in the Mozart Estate in Queen’s Park which is in the neighbouring borough Westminster but minutes away from Brent.

Detective Superintendent Steve Kershaw from Brent Police said: “It is a common strand that some of our young people in our community feel that using guns answers their problems and as a consequence they display a total lack of respect for others lives.

“We will continue to do all we can to make Brent a safe place to live and visit.”

DCI Mick Foote from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that probes gun crime in London, is investigating the shootings in Harlesden and Queen’s Park.

He said: “Someone must know who the people are who are behind these shootings. We need those people to come forward. We will do our best to protect them.”

Anyone with information about any of the shooting can call the incident room on 020 8733 4774 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.