|'We Live in Fear No Longer'|
Special thanks to Greenford Broadway Safer Neighbourhood Team
Residents whose lives had been made miserable by criminal families in Greenford have thanked their local police team with an engraved plaque.
In October 2014, Greenford Broadway Safer Neighbourhood Team received an anonymous email detailing anti-social behaviour and drug dealing activities in Marnham Crescent.
Sergeant Liam Cahill and his team had been aware of the problems and was taking action but wanted to ensure there was full and thorough communication with the residents.
Police patrols were stepped up in the Marnham Crescent area and officers spent over six months compiling evidence against known families.
Although the resident wished to remain anonymous, communication continued and the emails were used as evidence in a civil action against one of the families - demonstrating the degree of anti-social behaviour.
The offenders were served with injunctions preventing them from being in the area and eviction proceedings were initiated to remove one of the families.
Two families currently have injunctions against their children, preventing them from returning to the area and one family is currently negotiating a transfer of residency to another borough.
Last week Police Sergeant Liam Cahill and his team arrived at work to discover that a glass cut plaque, engraved with a message of thanks, had been delivered to the team's office based in Greenford Police Station.
The plaque was engraved with the citation, 'Thank you to Sergeant Liam Cahill and Team for all of your hard work, effort and determination, in making Evesham Close a safer and happier neighbourhood. The difference this has made to us, the residents is beyond measure. We live in fear no longer. Forever grateful - Evesham Close and Marnham Crescent Greenford April 2015.'
Sergeant Liam Cahill said: "I understand that it can sometimes be a scary prospect for members of the community to come forward and provide the police with information. This demonstrates that the local community can still remain anonymous, support police action and improve their community. No one should live in fear of anti-social behaviour. We are extremely touched that the local residents have gone to these measures to show their gratitude and as a team we are proud to have made such a difference."
26th May 2015