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Local policing update - June

Date: 22 June 2021
Author: Rebecca Robinson
Title: Neighbourhoods Inspector, Richmond

The month of May has been challenging for police and understandably concerning for the community. This follows a handful of serious offences that have taken place across the borough in May, including the tragic, fatal stabbing of Tim Hipperson on 17 May and a separate, unrelated violent incident in Teddington.

I understand the concerns many will have about crime in Richmond after these and other incidents. However, I want to reassure you that as well as working to ensure justice is brought to offenders, local officers, with the support of the local authority, are working to prevent such crime from recurring. For example, officers have increased patrols and will take swift action against any anti-social or violent behaviour and, together with the Met's Design Out Crime Team and Richmond Council's Community Safety team, we’ll be looking at ways to improve safety in the borough.

As we have welcomed the warmer weather, we have also been working to prevent Antisocial behaviour in key areas that were affected last year, such as Teddington Lock. In the summer months of 2020, we saw increased ASB in this area and also people jumping off the bridge, into the Thames. We have therefore increased patrols in this area and worked with the local Council to issue water safety and crime prevention advice to prevent this from happening again.

Finally, as COVID restrictions have lifted, officers welcomed back our first face to face contact sessions. It was lovely to see more of the public and look forward to more public meetings in the coming months. As always, if you have any concerns, please contact your local policing team.

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Updated: 14 October 2021