By Richard Watson
By Richard Watson
The Metropolitan Police have begun their annual autumn campaign to crack down on violence and anti-social behaviour, with a range of operational activity planned for London over the next three weeks.
The Autumn Nights campaign will target violence in particular, with officers active across the capital at a time of year when crime rates typically increase.
Met Commander Jane Connors said the period around Halloween and Bonfire Night, when increased numbers of people took to the streets after dark, was a time in which many people felt vulnerable.
"We know that traditionally at this time of year we see an increase in anti-social behaviour and we start to see a small rise in the levels of violence," Ms Connors said.
"So what we're here to do is make sure that we reassure the communities that we're here to keep them safe, give them crime prevention advice, and make sure we stay on top of any anti-social behaviour and any violence, which is our number one priority.
"What that includes is local safe neighbourhood officers, who will be going around to make sure they give crime-prevention advice, speaking to people who may be vulnerable or scared, particularly at Halloween and Bonfire Night.
"That's the time of year we get anti-social behaviour, and people do get worried."
Officers would also increase their presence through targeted patrols in areas expected to be particularly affected by violence and anti-social behaviour, Ms Connors said.
The grandmother of a two year old boy who was shot in the head in Harlesden has appealed to anyone with information on the attack to come forward.
A 16-year-old girl is in the hospital after she was stabbed at a north-west London train station.
Paramedics found the teenager with stab injuries at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station shortly before 11.00 BST on Tuesday.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
British Transport Police has closed the station. Cordons remain in place at the scene while enquiries continue.
There have been no arrests.
The attack has disrupted services on the Metropolitan Line.
The £500k trial could eventually carry coronavirus samples and tests between hospitals and labs.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Cycling groups in Harrow have called for improved cycle routes and better education for drivers to allow more people to feel safe on their bikes.
Veronica Chamberlain, representing Harrow Cyclists and Healthy Streets for Harrow, told a council traffic and road safety advisory panel (TARSAP) that it should recommend an urgent “strategic overview” of the borough’s road network.
It comes as the council continues to monitor recently implemented ‘Streetspace’ programmes, including low-traffic neighbourhoods, safety measures near schools, and new cycle lanes on key roads.
Ms Chamberlain welcomed these initiatives but suggested the council could go further still by extending the cycle lanes to cover all junctions and introducing more schemes to make cycling more attractive.
“People would cycle more if they feel safe,” she said. “This comes from safe, direct cycle routes and better driver behaviour.”
Local Democracy Reporting Service
More than 20 protected trees that were at risk of being felled as part of a new development have been saved following an environmental campaign.
Developers removed their application to remove 21 mature trees at the former Kodak site in Harrow View after more than 350 objections, including those from local Green Party representatives, were sent to Harrow Council.
Emma Wallace, the Green Party Greater London Authority candidate for Brent and Harrow, said she was delighted to see the applicants recognise the value of the trees and the public’s opinion towards them.
She said: “This is fantastic news for Harrow, ensuring that the trees continue to provide a green welcome to people travelling along this busy thoroughfare, continue to support the local ecosystem and wildlife, and help limit air pollution, both now and into the future.
“This campaign proves that community action can work when acting together, standing up for our local area and the vital wildlife and green spaces we still have in Harrow.”
The boss of a housing association in West Yorkshire which supports black, Asian and minority ethnic communities has been appointed as the third member of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel.
Ali Akbor, chief executive of Leeds-based Unity Homes and Enterprise, will sit at hearings from 2 November, the Cabinet Office has confirmed.
On its website, Unity is described as a "modern, successful and visionary organisation that understands and represents the needs of all tenants of all ethnic backgrounds".
Last year, Mr Akbor was made an OBE for services to the community in Leeds.
The hearings into the Grenfell tragedy, which killed 72 people in June 2017, have been without a third expert since January, when an engineer resigned over links to the firm which manufactured the block's flammable cladding.
Confirming Mr Akbor's appointment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "He will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, as well as a crucial understanding of the issues at the heart of Phase 2 and an unwavering commitment to improving people's lives."
Mr Akbor will sit on the inquiry panel alongside chairman, Sir Martin Moore Bick, and architect Thouria Istephan.
BBC News Health
A new three-tier system is being introduced in England to help control the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.
Regions will now be classified as either 'medium', 'high' or 'very high' and each tier has different lockdown rules.
This system does not apply in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. But what rules happen at what tier?
BBC Health Correspondent Laura Foster has a summary of the key points.
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