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"Harrow Council News Monitoring" 22nd Jun 2018

Local News
Family of Harrow schoolboy killed by a single punch in Malia "relieved" after killer found guilty
Harrow pupil Archie Lloyd was celebrating the end of his A-Level exams with friends in the Greek resort in August 2015 when he was "knocked" to the floor by a single punch Sebastian Trabucatti. Three judges and four jurors took less than an hour to find the killer was found guilty
Police investigating sex attack on teenage girl in a Harrow park
Police are investigating a report of a sex attack on a teenage girl in a Harrow park. Headstone Manor Recreation Ground was cordoned off by police on Friday (June 8), through to Saturday evening (June 9). Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command were on the scene along with forensics officers and police dogs, monitoring an area of the 57-acre park near Headstone Lane. The cordon was in place near Pinner Park School and the Hugs and Giggles Nursery.
Harrow Council to vote on work at The Hive
A contentious sports hub could be set for a major overhaul, as it seeks to increase community access and improve its facilities for young people. Tomorrow, Harrow Council’s planning committee will vote on the proposed changes to The Hive, in Camrose Avenue – the home of Barnet Football Club. The plans, which have been put forward by the Hive Foundation, include a new indoor academy building, an indoor sports hall and new 3G pitches.
Planning approval for major expansion of The Hive London the home of Barnet FC
Last week we received the exciting news that our plans for a major expansion of The Hive London have been approved by Harrow Council. The total cost of development at The Hive London is now set to hit £60 million, with the latest additions bringing benefits to not only our Barnet FC and London Bees first teams, but also our supporters, academy and local community as well.
London carnage continues: Three more stabbings in capital within two hours as boy, 17, is flown to hospital in critical condition after he and two men are knifed
The youngest stabbing victim on yet another night of bloodshed in London was slashed repeatedly by a moped gang wielding a machete, it was revealed today. The 17-year-old, named locally as Reon Barrow, was heard screaming 'he is going to stab me' before he was knifed in the chest and side in Harrow at 8.11pm yesterday
Harrow fraudster used stolen credit card details to claim £6,000 in fake Oyster Card refunds
A 25-year-old man from Harrow made thousands of pounds through fraudulent Oyster Card claims. Benjamin Hyacinth, of Clitheroe Avenue, used stolen credit card details to request refunds to Oyster cards, which were then paid into bank accounts in his control. He claimed more than £6,000 through the scam in one month. He was arrested in late 2016 and early 2017 and pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court to three counts of fraud by false representation. He was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation.
BEHIND BARS: Yasin Haji-Osman, of Welbeck Road, South Harrow jailed for stabbing man enjoying night out in Chesham
A teenager has been jailed for three years for stabbing a man in Chesham in an unprovoked attack. Yasin Haji-Osman, 18, of Welbeck Road, South Harrow, approached the victim, a 49-year-old man who was walking in the High Street after a night out in the town centre at 11.30pm on March 13, and became involved in a fight during which he stabbed the victim. Police say the victim, who did not know Haji-Osman, suffered a single stab wound to his lower abdomen.
Brent Council rejects The Good Ship redevelopment
A dormant music venue which has been graced by a host of world-famous artists has been saved, after Brent Council rejected redevelopment plans for the site. The Good Ship, in Kilburn High Road, closed its doors in October last year, with the building facing an uncertain future. Campaigners had hoped to see the pub resurrected but developers KHR Properties Ltd sought to transform it into a block of flats. But the council moved to protect the venue, where Adele, the XX and Kate Nash, among others, have played.
Moped thugs who stabbed Paddington charity worker to death on his doorstep jailed for life
Two teenage moped thugs who killed charity worker, Abdul Samad, for his iPhone while on a west London crime spree have been jailed for life. Nathan Gilmaney, 19 of Maida Vale and Troy Thomas, 18, of Sherland Road were jailed for more than 20 years ...and more »
Elderly women wake to find burglar ransacking home near where 90-year-old was brutally attacked - getwestlondon
The Queensbury home of the women, aged 88 and 99, was targeted half-a-mile from where a 90-year-old woman was viciously attacked
Thieving brothers who targeted elderly women in Brent on an eight day crime spree jailed for 14 years
Det Sgt Richard Lewsley, from Brent CID, said: `This sentence sends out a clear message to those engaged in crime that despite attempts to evade detection by detectives and constables across Brent and Harrow is testament to the dedication and perseverance of officers
Retail
John Lewis trials clothing buy-back scheme
John Lewis is trialling a buy-back service for customers’ unwanted clothes to help reduce the 300,000 tonnes sent to UK landfill each year. More than 100 customers are currently testing the scheme that allows them to sell any unwanted clothing back to the department store, regardless of its condition. The app-based service links to a customer’s John Lewis account data on what they have bought from its 50 stores or website over the past five years.
Man arrested in Harrow on suspicion of Morrisons burglary
A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary at a supermarket. Police were called just after midnight today (June 18) when staff at the Morrisons store on Uxbridge Road in Hatch End, Harrow, discovered a man in the shop. Police attended the scene but could not initially find the man. A 43-year-old man was later arrested in Harrow Weald during a stop and search exercise. He was carrying tools believed to be used to commit burglary. The man was also on a recall to prison.
The best markets in the UK: 25 thriving hotspots to test your business idea
Number 19 - South Harrow - Middlesex’s thriving and colourful indoor market, South Harrow market features a staggering variety of traders – from those selling electrical products to entrepreneurs offering African foods and Somalian products. A busy mulitcultural hub, the market is open to traders operating across all sectors – though clothing stalls in particular have made a well-known home here. Located near to South Harrow station, the area sees plenty of footfall from both locals and local workers.
Food fight hots up as Deliveroo takes bite out of Just Eat’s market
Deliveroo has parked its bicycles on Just Eat’s lawn after the food delivery firm announced a radical shift in strategy that will see the rivals go head-to-head in Britain’s takeaway market. The group said on Tuesday that restaurants will now be able to join the Deliveroo platform and have the choice of fulfilling orders using their own drivers.
Poundworld collapses to become latest retail failure, putting 5,100 jobs at risk
Poundworld has become the latest retail casualty on the British high street as it called in administrators on Monday, putting 5,100 jobs at risk. The budget retailer has appointed Deloitte to handle an administration after last-ditch rescue talks with R Capital broke down over the weekend. Poundworld, which is owned by TPG Capital, has 335 stores. Its collapse comes after both Toys R Us and Maplin fell into administration earlier this year. Deloitte will try to find a buyer for the business, and has said there are no redundancies or store closures at this time.
House of Fraser boss warns plan to shut 31 stores is ‘last viable’ option
The boss of department store chain House of Fraser has warned that plans to close 31 outlets and axe 6,000 jobs represent the “last viable” option to save the retailer, with the group at risk of collapse if the proposal is rejected. The closures, announced on Thursday, account for over half of the chain’s 59 store estate across the UK and Ireland and are part of a radical rescue plan
These are the 9 best restaurants in Harrow according to TripAdvisor
Asian, Indian and vegetarian restaurants are all among the crème de la crème of Harrow cuisine, according to ratings on Tripadvisor. Harrow's nine best restaurants according to the review website, reflect the borough's rich cultural make-up. Whether you're after fresh British seafood or an exquisite mix of Asian and Indian cuisine, it seems Harrow has a hell of a lot to offer the tastebuds. To help you navigate the vast horizon of Harrow eateries we've plucked the top nine according to Tripadvisor reviewers and laid them out for you here.....
Travel
Mayor calls for ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles
The Mayor of London is calling on the government to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will meet with leaders from other cities in England and Wales at a national air quality summit alongside MPs and the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, on Wednesday. Leaders will urge the government to bring forward plans to phase out the selling of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 in a bid to improve air quality in the UK.
Harrow Trading Standards catch dodgy travel agent
A crooked travel agent was sentenced to more than two years in prison after he was found guilty of defrauding unsuspecting holidaymakers out of thousands of pounds. Tej Bahadur Gurung, of Hillside Crescent, South Harrow, carried out a last-minute cancellation scam through Markhor Traders Limited (MTL), where he was a director. The 54-year-old swindled almost £70,000 from 28 victims, though according to Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, the number of victims is thought to be much higher and the true scale of the scam may never be known
Nearly 100 new Tubes to be built on Piccadilly line
Transport for London (TfL) has announced a £1.5 billion contract to build nearly 100 new Tubes along the Piccadilly line in order to increase peak-time capacity by 21,000. The contract has been awarded to Siemens Mobility who will begin building 94 new Tube trains along the Piccadilly line from 2023 onwards.
Education
"Purge of the middle class" fears as staff at top firms are asked if they went to public school
Britain's leading employers are asking their staff if they went to public school as part of a Government drive to improve diversity in the workforce, The Telegraph can disclose. Ministers have published a series of socio-economic questions for staff about their backgrounds intended for use by major companies and the Civil Service. They include asking staff whether they attended a fee paying school, what their parents did for a living, whether they qualified for free school meals as children and their parents’ academic qualifications. A fifth optional question asks whether they consider themselves to be working class.
Unions warn over funding cuts after school asks parents to help buy toilet paper
A school in Theresa May’s constituency has made a “wish list” for parents to help purchase supplies including pens, pencils and toilet paper. St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead, Berkshire, said many deliveries have already been received. But union leaders said the situation should ring “alarm bells” for the Government and schools should not “be scrabbling around” for basic supplies. A link to the Amazon wish list, containing 17 items, was sent to parents on Monday, the Maidenhead Advertiser reported.
After "difficult" family life 25-year-old found self-esteem in higher education
A young woman who has suffered from low self-esteem has been recognised for transforming her life for the better through adult learning. Emily Everitt from Harrow was announced as the Festival of Learning’s Highly Commended Young Adult Learner in their 2018 awards, on June 12. The 25-year-old was commended by the Festival for her “exceptional achievements” in adult education, and for turning her life around.
Akala: T levels are for state school pupils to get "working class jobs"
The government's flagship T levels policy will not help to reduce educational inequalities as they are designed for state school pupils to get "working class jobs", a hip-hop artist has suggested. Akala, a rapper and campaigner who founded the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, was speaking this morning on ITV's Peston on Sunday.
Red Box Project to launch in Harrow schools
A nation-wide scheme ensuring no young woman misses school due to her not being able to access sanitary products has been launched in the area. The Red Box Project is a community funded initiative encouraging women to sponsor a “Red Box” donation point at a school near them to keep it stocked with vital sanitary products. So far, Harrow has one drop off point at the Rumble Tumble Children’s Soft Play Centre in Elmgrove Road and will open its first Red Box at Hatch End High School today (June 12). More are expected to follow shortly.
T-levels: The latest in a series of quickly forgotten vocational qualifications
This perennial problem is back in the limelight after the recent squabble over T-levels and whether it is too soon to introduce the first three of these qualifications. But how many people know what a T-level is? I had to explain to my generally well-informed other half in advance of a TV appearance he was making with the also barely known minister for skills. As a governor of two secondary schools I can recall little discussion of the latest post-16 reforms. That may be because they will be rolled out primarily in further education colleges – another poorly understood Cinderella sector of our education system.
Akala: T levels are for state school pupils to get "working class jobs"
The government's flagship T levels policy will not help to reduce educational inequalities as they are designed for state school pupils to get "working class jobs", a hip-hop artist has suggested. Akala, a rapper and campaigner who founded the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company, was speaking this morning on ITV's Peston on Sunday.
Teachers fear Fortnite generation are hooked on online games as they demand pupils get lessons on web safety
Parents have been urged to ban their kids from playing combat game Fortnite after seeing bleary-eyed pupils wander in to class following late-night gaming binges
Advice to revise 7 hours a day for GCSEs over Easter "unbelievable"
An expert recommendation that GCSE and A-level students should study for seven hours a day throughout the Easter holidays has been greeted with a variety of scepticism, concern and mild horror by psychologists, teachers and pupils. Barnaby Lenon, a former headteacher of Harrow, the prestigious independent boarding school that educated the likes of Winston Churchill, Benedict Cumberbatch, the singer James Blunt and the rugby player Billy Vunipola, suggests in a much discussed list of revision tips, a total of 100 hours study over the fortnight long holiday.
Crime
London stabbings 2018 – London knife crime statistics including attacks in Harrow, Northolt and Brixton
How many stabbings have there been in London this year? At least 46 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year. So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police. A glut of cocaine flooding the country has been partly blamed for the country's violent crime. In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week and 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
Nearly half of elderly people fear being victim of crime – report
Almost half of older people in Northern Ireland have become more fearful of falling victim to crime in the last two years, research has suggested. The statistic was the headline finding of a study carried out by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.
Serious assault figures in Harrow up on last year
Crime data for Harrow captured by the Met Police Force showed serious sexual crimes such as rape and sexual assault had not fallen between March and April 2018, when compared with the previous year. Other crimes such as residential burglary and robbery had dropped significantly between the same period. According to data on the Met Police website, there were 54 reported sexual offences in Harrow between March and April 2018. There were 36 sexual assaults and 18 rapes reported - a 7.69% increase on the previous month.
Politician claims crime driven by fall in prosecutions
A London assembly member claims violent crime in the capital are being driven by a fall in the number of prosecutions. Conservative assembly member,Tony Arbour suggested to the deputy mayor for policing and crime, Sophie Linden, that a lack of criminal prosecutions is driving up violent crime in London during a meeting today. Figures from the Metropolitan Police show that so far this year in the capital there have been 72 murders. Out of those fatalities 47 of those were committed using a knife and 9 using a fire arm.
Harrow Council and police look to improve safety
Harrow Council has vowed to work with the police to improve safety across the borough following a public meeting on increasing crime levels. Dozens of residents gathered at the Red Brick Café in Wealdstone on May 23, where they expressed their concerns over the crime situation in the region. Several questions were put to Tom Whiting, interim chief executive of Harrow Council, and various elected representatives, which asked what the local authority intended to do to alleviate the problem.
Organisations tackling crime say violence is normalised
A group of organisations working to tackle violent crime in London have said that “violence has now become normalised”. Earlier today the London assembly police and crime committee met with a number of organisations working to tackle the surge in violent crimes in the capital. So far this year 62 murders have been recorded by the Metropolitan Police. Darlington Mutsekwa, who works for youth group Ignite Trust in Harrow, said: “Violence has been completely normalised, every day we are breaking up fights.
Drugs contributing to surge in violent crime
Frontline organisations fighting violent crime in London have highlighted the role of drugs in contributing to the surge in violence. The London assembly police and crime committee on Thursday met with a number of organisations working to tackle the surge in violent crimes in the capital. So far this year 62 murders have been recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The panel were unanimous that drugs is one of the major proponents of violent crime in London and needs to be dealt with.
Borough commander notes crime spike in Harrow
Harrow is facing “unprecedented” levels of serious violent crime, according to the new borough commander. Simon Rose, who oversees the police service in Harrow, Barnet and Brent, addressed concerned residents in Wealdstone at a packed crime and safety meeting last night where he outlined the challenges ahead. He explained that resources have been transferred to Harrow following a series of high profile incidents, including a murder outside Queensbury tube station and a drive-by shooting in Wealdstone High Street.
Brent Council leader calls for unity on crime
The leader of Brent Council has called on everyone to do their bit in the wake of a series of high profile violent crimes. Cllr Muhammed Butt said creating a safe environment is the responsibility of everyone in the community but acknowledged that his council has a key role to play. It comes after several worrying incidents on the border of the boroughs of Brent and Harrow in recent weeks.
Health
‘Healthy salads contain high amounts of salt and saturated fat’
Some ready-to-eat salads sold by restaurants contain almost the recommended amount of salt for an entire day, a survey has found. Health campaigners Action on Salt (AoS) found that the salt content of salads bought from restaurants, sandwich and coffee shops and fast food outlets has increased by 13% to 1.86 grams on average per serving since they were last examined in 2014. The group said the findings highlighted “a distinct lack of commitment” from the food industry to reduce salt.
Pollution is a major cause of rising crime levels
A new study claims that air pollution is a major cause of the rising levels of crime - including shoplifting and pickpocketing - in the capital. Barnet air pollution are nine per cent higher than the London average - the highest in the capital. In the borough, the share of days with an AQI above 35 is 33 per cent whilst the London average is 24 per cent. The share of days with an AQI above 35 is 17 per cent in Enfield and Waltham Forest; 29 per cent in Haringey and 12 per cent in Harrow.
What`s on
What to do if you witness sexual harassment or assault at a music festival
As the summer music season kicks off, a new YouGov poll has found that more than one in five British festival goers – and one in three women – have experienced sexual assault or harassment while attending a festival. In women under 40, and in all people under 25, the figure was almost half, and 70% of victims said the perpetrator was a stranger. What’s known as “bystander apathy” is seen by charities as compounding the problem, so what should you do if you witness it? Is it OK to step in?
Concert promises everything from romantic opera to Broadway musicals
An evening concert of music ranging from from romantic European opera to dynamic Broadway musicals - including some Gilbert and Sullivan - will take place in July. The Harrow Choral Society’s Summer Concert, on July 7, will take place at St Alban’s Church, North Harrow. “There’s a strong Eastern European flavour with choruses from operas by Borodin and Tchaikovsky,” said chair Peter Miller. “But there’ll also be numbers from hit Broadway shows including West Side Story and Les Miserables. It’s particularly exciting to sing West Side Story in Leonard Bernstein’s centenary year.”