Operation Pacman 2003 has started to crackdown on street crime

Police have commenced a prolonged campaign of policing and partnership activity in the borough to reduce street robberies and snatches of telephones.

Operation PACMAN update - 30 July 03

To Court for Mugging

The people below were amongst those recently charged with a street crime offence.


1. A 13 year old from Shepherd's Bush who had been charged with robbery in April was committed to Inner London Crown Court and will appear on the 13th August.


2. A 17 year old boy from Walthamstowe was charged on the 26th July with robbery that took place the previous day. He is on bail with a curfew to appear at West London Youth Court on the 6th August.


3. A 17 year old boy from Shepherd's Bush was charged on the 26th July with robbery that took place the previous day. He is on bail with a curfew to appear at West London Youth Court on the 6th August.


If you have information about these people or local crime call the hotline on.
0800 555 111

 

Police research has shown that a small minority of persons are committing a significant number of the street crime (mugging) offences locally. We are therefore targeting areas and individuals to tackle this criminality. Many proactive operations and tactics will be adopted, some overt, and some covert. Examples so far:

· Eleven criminals are being specifically targeted for their criminal activity. Some have already been charged and are on bail awaiting trial.

· Targeting cycling on the footway. In the last three weeks snatches involving cyclists in the Shepherd's Bush area have reduced by 30%. Did you know that you can be arrested for failing to stop. On the 2nd July a young man was convicted at West London Magistrates Court and fined for failing to stop.

· Protecting property through marking local people's phones. In the last month working with the council as part of operation Quality Street, Police have marked 100s of mobile phones.

· Extra operations and officers targeting street crime. At times Police have had over 60 extra officers on the borough targeting street crime.

· A Borough Support Unit of 13 officers working from a Police Carriers and fast response 'Q cars' are now operating across the borough.

Police will be working in partnership with our statutory partners in this process to pursue any action that will impact on such crime. This may be through the housing departments, social services and education departments to name but a few. Such action may include pursuance of eviction proceedings where tenancy has been breached or applications for 'anti-social behaviour orders' where evidence deems this appropriate.

Police will continue to maintain this high level of policing and partnership activity until levels of this type of crime are reduced.

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