Dawn pressed TfL for urgent action in response to anti-social behaviour around Dollis Hill and Willesden Green tube stations.
A petition set up by Willesden Green Residents Association calling on the Metropolitan Police for urgent action in response to assaults and criminal behaviour has so far gained over 1,000 signatures.
Dawn held urgent talks on the 19th March 2019 at the House of Commons with the British Transport Police and Transport for London in response to residents’ many concerns.
“I called this meeting as I was so deeply concerned to hear from so many people that they feel intimidated and scared simply going about their daily business on the tube network.”
“I have been working with our partners in the Police since 2015 to create a safer and greater Brent however despite the commendable efforts of all involved it is with regret that in the past few months we have seen an increase in criminality at and around Dollis Hill and Willesden Green stations. I want to assure everyone that I am, and will continue, to push the Metropolitan Police and TfL to do everything that is in their power to keep Brent residents safe. Everyone has a right to travel in London without fear of abuse or intimidation.”
“My meeting was extremely productive. We agreed to look at a range of areas including staffing at stations, use of CCTV and crime reporting information at the stations. I will also be hosting a community meeting in the coming weeks so residents can speak directly to TfL, Police and Brent Council’s Lead Member for Community Safety.”
Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety at Brent Council, said:
“We know that there is a lot of public concern about crime in and around the stations at Willesden Green and Dollis Hill. As councillors we are working as partners with Dawn and the Police to make sure that this is taken very seriously, so that we deter crime and keep people safe. There is also lots that residents can do. Resources like police and CCTV are put in place because of local crime reports. If you see crime or anti-social behaviour, please make sure that you report it to police, as it may be that nobody else has done.”
If you are the victim of crime at a London Underground station you can contact British Transport Police directly by text on 61016. In an emergency you should always call 999.
If you would like to stay up to date with the latest progress, please sign-up for updates on this issue at https://www.dawnbutler.org.uk/crime/