Search

Tottenham police tackle September surge in robbery and burglary in Down Lane Park and Hale areas

10:00 09 October 2013

The police operation cut robbery and burglary in the area.

The police operation cut robbery and burglary in the area.

Archant

A two-week police operation has seen burglary rates cut by two-thirds and robbery by almost half in Tottenham Hale as police tackled a surge in reported crime.

Reports of these crimes and anti-social behaviour by gang members and drug dealers rose significantly in Down Lane Park and the area around the Tottenham Hale gyratory system in September, prompting Haringey police to launch Operation Middleton.

They stepped up overt and undercover patrols over two weeks, carrying out 129 stop and searches on local gang members and making 26 arrests, including six for drug dealing, one for robbery, one for burglary and four for possession of knives.

Although police have yet to release details of any charges, they say burglary on the ward has dropped by 67 per cent and robbery by 44 per cent.

In July Tottenham Hale ward had 110 offences recorded, dropping to 105 in August. September’s figures have yet to be published.

Martin Ball, chairman of the Friends of Down Lane Park, said: “We are delighted with the police for the effective action taken in response to the concerns raised about the gang’s presence in the park. The gang were making it an unpleasant place to visit with their drug dealing, riding of motorbikes on pedestrian paths, vandalism, and sexist harassment of passers-by.

“Particularly pleasing is that our own Safer Neighbourhood Team have been pro-active in tackling the problem, and it was a glorious sight to watch the gang scarper at the arrival of the big van of the borough-wide team.

“The message for park users is that you are free to enjoy the space, but when your behaviour impacts negatively on others then you will be made to stop and will be removed from the park.

“The challenge now is for the council’s anti-social behaviour team to keep tabs on the gang so that they don’t simply take their reign of criminality elsewhere.”

Insp Craig Middleton, of Haringey’s Tasking Team who took part in the operation, said: “This operation should send out a clear message to criminals in the area that we will robustly deal with them and will not allow them to impact on the quality of life experienced by local residents.

“I would urge residents to help us combat burglary in the area by ensuring that they lock all windows and doors when out and not leave valuables on display. Where possible people should make use of timer switches to light their homes as the evenings become darker.

“If residents notice any suspicious activity they encouraged to contact us on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency”.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:36
The scorched remains of family business Archway Sheet Metals. Picture: London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire)/Twitter

Police this evening confirmed they are treating as “suspicious” the fire that gutted the only factory left preventing Tottenham Hotspur from starting work on its new stadium.

The blaze on Paxton Road raged for almost three hours [Photograph by @PaulWood1961]

A metalworks near White Hart Lane that has been holding up the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium build has been gutted by a mystery fire this morning.

Yesterday, 15:43
Efraim Cray is charged with three counts of sexual assault.

The trial of a South Tottenham man accused of molesting an “innocent and vulnerable” 14-year-old orthodox Jew in her own home has been halted on the first day of the hearing.

Yesterday, 15:00
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust says fans have 'never felt more distant' from the club.

Tottenham Hotspur fans have voiced their frustration at “a growing disconnect” between themselves and the club and have “never felt as distant from the club as they do now”, according to the official supporters’ trust.

Most read news

Eddie said that despite being sexually attracted to children, he’s never committed a crime and that there’s many more like him.

PM speaks out after Lee Rigby report is made public calling one internet firm a ‘safe haven’.

Social network named in media reports as the platform used by extremists and criticised in government report.

The security services were not in a position to stop the attack on Lee Rigby, but an internet firm might have been able to help foil the plot.