Claims of crimewave in Kew disputed by the police

By The Editor

23rd May 2023 | Local News

Residents and the police are at odds over claims of a crimewave linked to the area in and around Kew Retail Park.
Residents and the police are at odds over claims of a crimewave linked to the area in and around Kew Retail Park.

Residents and the police are at odds over claims of a crimewave linked to the area in and around Kew Retail Park.

One local, who stood for the Conservatives at the Council elections last year, wrote an open letter suggesting there was a serious criminal problem linked to gangs.

While another posted an image of a masked cyclist who had, allegedly, been looking in cars parked at the retail park.

However, the police team responsible for the area insists there has been no surge in crime in the area.

While a senior Lib-Dem member of Richmond Borough Council insisted concerns are not as bad as some are claiming on social media.

The resident, Alex Bielstein, issued what he called: 'An Important Notice for Residents and Police Officers'.

While another posted an image of a masked cyclist who had, allegedly, been looking in cars parked at the retail park.

He stated: "We would like to bring to your attention the ongoing issue of criminal activity in the Kew Retail area and its vicinity, extending up to the Ship. It is crucial for both residents and law enforcement officials to be aware of the prevailing situation and take necessary precautions."

He added: "Currently, these areas are known to be highly crime-infested zones, and the criminals operating in this region are particularly adept at making quick getaways. The footpath in the vicinity offers them an advantage, as they can escape easily using various means of transportation such as scooters, electric bikes, and even cars.

"This knowledge empowers them to act with impunity, confident that they cannot be apprehended by traditional means.

"In recent times, there have been instances of desperate criminals resorting to reckless car driving through this area, further exacerbating the situation. The combination of their audacious actions and the favourable conditions present in this zone has created what can be described as a criminal haven.

"Given the gravity of the situation, we strongly advise all residents to exercise caution and maintain a heightened sense of awareness while moving about in the affected areas. Ensure that you are mindful of your surroundings and take the necessary steps to safeguard your personal belongings and well-being."

It is not clear who Mr Bielstein was speaking for, however, he directly addressed the police, adding: "To the esteemed police officers who serve and protect our community, we urge you to allocate additional resources and attention to this specific region. Increasing police presence and implementing targeted strategies can help deter criminal activity and restore a sense of safety for residents and visitors.

"By remaining vigilant, reporting incidents promptly, and cooperating with police, we can combat the prevailing criminality and work towards reclaiming our neighbourhood from the clutches of lawlessness."

Another local posted an image of a masked cyclist acting suspiciously. He wrote: "Thieves at Kew retail park!!!, checking inside cars.

"Security staff confronted them and although they 'ran' the two were quite shameless."

The Metropolitan Police told Nub News they are not aware of any new crimewave. A spokesperson said: "I have spoken to Kew Safer Neighbourhood Team. They are not aware of any crime spree at Kew Retail Park. They were there two days ago and spoke to security staff who raised no issues."

Cllr Julia Cambridge, who was the borough mayor until recently, also questioned the validity of the crimewave claims made by Mr Bielstein.

She said: "I have read this post and have to emphasise this post is a personal opinion and not official advice.

"Anyone involved or witness to a crime or suspicious of one call 999. For general advice 101 for non-emergency enquiries. You can contact your local councillor or Safer Neighbourhood Team.

"I don't agree that Richmond is 'in the clutches of lawlessness'. For reported crime, Richmond is the safest London Borough. I do however understand the fear of crime and increased worry when a reported event goes on social media. This post is a resident's views and advice that's it."

     

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