The recently closed Police Station in Kirkdale Road

The Waltham Forest Guardian reported that squatters have occupied the recently closed Police Station in Kirkdale Road.

Following the closure the Neighbourhood Policing Team is providing a contact point at Tescos in Gainsborough Road. It operates every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 – 8pm. and on Saturday from 2 – 4pm.

The Leytonstone Neighbourhood Policing Team telephone number is:

(020) 8721 2874.

For non-emergency calls the Police ask you to dial 101.

However, for emergencies call 999.

UPDATE – the squatters have been removed.

Leyton Police Station shutting down

 Councillors Bob Sullivan, Naheed Qureshi and Farooq Qureshi outside the Francis Road Police Station

The Police have announced that Leyton Police Station in Francis Road will be shut down from next Monday 10th December.

The front counter services are being transferred to the Custody Centre, in Boreham Close, off Hainault Road.

The front counter will be manned from 7am until 3am daily. The same hours as currently offered at Francis Road.

Boreham Close is a cul-de-sac situated opposite Norlington Road.

Local Police Stations not open 24 Hours

The only Police station open 24 hours in Waltham Forest is Chingford. The others are closed most of the early hours.

The following are the opening times of Waltham Forest Police stations Monday to Sunday:

Chingford – 24 hours
Leyton – 0700 – 0300
Walthamstow – 0700 – 0300
Town Centre office – Tuesday – Saturday 1000-1800
Waltham House (Leytonstone) – 0700 – 1900

Remember – In an emergency you need to phone 999

Lib Dem councillors reaction to violence following Town Hall briefing

Liberal Democrat councillors this afternoon attended a briefing by the police and council officers at Waltham Forest Town Hall about the recent disturbances.

Speaking after the briefing at Waltham Forest Town Hall

Liberal Democrat councillor for High Street ward Mahmood Hussain said:

“I have spent much of the last two days talking to local shopkeepers and residents affected by the violence. Over 50 businesses have been affected in central Walthamstow. It is shocking to see so many people’s hard work destroyed. I have been impressed with how people are working together to put things right.”

Cllr Winnie Smith (Leyton ward) has also been talking to and visiting businesses and residents in Leyton.

Cllr Farooq Qureshi (Forest ward) added:

“These people don’t have a political message. Looting a Lidl and smashing restaurant windows is not going to sort out any of the problems that residents face. At the end of the day it is local people who will lose jobs and income as a result of this criminal behaviour.”

Cllr Liz Phillips (Cann Hall) said:

“The police have assured us that there will be more officers on duty tonight. The council has been working to remove debris and potential weapons from the street. It is important that parents know where their children are and that everyone take responsibility for calming the situation.”

Vandalism – street trees!

Local residents have welcomed the planting of many new trees across Leytonstone.

The FOCUS Team has received reports about damage to trees recently in Harvey Road, and this week in Burghley Road.

These reports were passed on to the Council, who acted swiftly. Regrettably one of the trees in Burghley Road was so badly damaged that it could not be saved, and a replacement has been ordered.

The Council is treating these incidents very seriously, and are consulting the Police about possible action.

The FOCUS Team says that the trees are a welcome addition to our local streets, and it is a great pity that they are being apparently targeted by anti-social behaviour.

The 0906 mobile phone scam

There is a company making calls to mobile phones who say that they are company telephone engineers and need you to press #90 or #09.

If you do apparently they can then access your SIM card and then bill calls to your mobile phone.

This scam appears to be widely verified by police and telecom companies.

Never press #90 or #09 (# the hash key) on your mobile or your home phone.

What to do …. Simply hang up!

Police Warning – pre-paid energy meters

The Police are warning residents with pre-pay energy meters that ‘door step meter credit is a scam’.

There is only one safe and secure way to buy credit for your pre-pay meters – from official outlets such as the Post Office, PayPoint or Payzone.

If someone calls at your door offering to top up your meter, they are trying to involve you in illegal activity, and you could be letting a criminal into your home.

Don’t be tempted. Energy companies can identify homes using energy but not paying for it legally. You will get caught and end up paying twice.

If you know of anyone illegally selling meter top-ups, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Any customer worried that they may have been affected should call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06, or their energy supplier to seek advice.

For more information on-line visit: www.top-upsafe.com

WARNING – Be Alert!

The FOCUS Team is repeating this warning from last Christmas:

The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: 

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service)suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). 

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.  

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. 

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

Have Your Say on Policing in London

Have your say on policing in London – a request from the MPA

The Metropolitan Police Authority works to try and ensure that all of London has a voice and the needs of Londoners are taken into account, especially when setting the annual policing priorities for the Met.  To do this the Authority consults as widely as possible and it needs your help.

The Have Your Say survey lets you give your top three priorities for policing in London and to suggest what the police should do to tackle them.  Do let us know your views by filling in the survey online.


Burglary Alert

The Leytonstone Safer Neighbourhood Team is advising all residents to take simple steps to make their homes more secure:

  • Always close and lock windows in unattended rooms
  • Net curtains or blinds stop burglars ‘window shopping’
  • Use your mortise lock and double lock your latch when you go out. Upvc doors must be locked using the key – don’t just raise the handle
  • Keep hedges and bushes in the front garden below 1 metre high for good visibility across properties and reducing places for burglars to hide
  • Bins can be used to hide behind or climb on – where possible lock them away

For more information visit: www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention

To report a crime to the Police dial:

Emergency calls only – 999

All other calls – 0300 123 1212

You can contact the Leytonstone Safer Neighbourhood Team on (020) 8721 2874 – email: Leytonstone.SNT@met.police.uk