|It’s Seven Days in the Borough!
No one should expect to be abused or threatened while doing their job, and while a traffic warden (or Civil Enforcement Officer) is not the most popular person in the borough it doesn’t give people the right to racially abuse them. We are currently doing joint patrols with the Council in order to reduce the abuse suffered by the enforcement officers, but even then we can’t be with them all the time. On Friday the parking team suffered three racial abuse incidents over four hours in the borough which have been reported to us, and that it probably just a snap shot of the abuse they receive throughout the day which they don’t notify us of. Regardless of what you think of them, if you are on the wrong end of their ticket machine, accept your decision making, if you still think it’s wrong, go to court. But don’t take it out on the officer… and definitely don’t yourself the suspect of a hate crime…
A night out should be remembered for all the right reasons, but you can’t always get your own way. One patron was kicked out a local pub for causing trouble with staff, not happy at the lack of service the chap moved on to the next pub up the road. Unaware that the pubs talk to each other when he has arrived he has been refused service due to being too intoxicated. Unhappy at another establishment refusing him drinks he had decided that he would take out his frustration on staff and throw a card reader and smash a glass. Like every night out it ended up in a kebab shop, still causing trouble officers located him there after the pubs reported him to us. He was promptly arrested and taken to custody. He has since been released under investigation.
Policing isn’t all Keystone Cops, and the job Constables face is quite a real, dangerous task. While attending an incident, double crewed, officers found two men, later identified as the caller and his friend, casually talking together. The officers attempted to arrest the friend after the caller made an allegation of theft and criminal damage. The friend, now suspect, had then tried to resist arrest and was struggling with the officers injuring one. The caller who made the allegation then tried to get involved and was being aggressive and trying to fight with officers. Due to his demeanour and the fact they were still struggling with the first man, officers deployed a Taser. Although this initially worked the man, even though he was told to stay on the floor, got up and was tased a second time. On this second jolt, the man decided to comply and both of them were arrested.
A local property was the newest victim of burglary in the borough this week. The occupant came home from from work to find their house burgled and their car missing. It appears the offenders gained access to a rear garden then squeezed though a small open window at the back of the house. Unusually the theives stole TVs, Games consoles, Laptops and the car. Enquiries are ongoing but the car was located during the early hours of tuesday morning in London and has been seized for forensic examination. We would like to remind local residents to ensure their houses are as secure as possible and to seek home security advice from the Surrey Police website while we still have these dark winter evenings.
Local officers attended an anonymous report of a male driver slumped at the steering wheel of a car down a residential road in Ewell. The driver was found intoxicated in the car with the keys in the ignition and had admitted to drinking but wouldn’t say when. Although there was a wait for a breathalyser (We were really busy with accidents on Tuesday for some reason), the driver still blew nearly 120 at the roadside. He was subsequently arrested for being drunk in charge of a vehicle and taken to custody.
A good result for the team as a wanted local man was arrested by officers and processed in custody overnight. He was wanted by us for a string of crimes, including moped thefts, criminal damages and attempted burglaries, and had been outstanding for a few weeks. Officers were working till the late hours (they were a night shift) to get the files together and organise the interviews. It ended with a good result for us as the Criminal Prosecution Service decided to authorise a charge and remand for four offences.
Officers were assisting City of London Police dealing with a domestic incident which was reported to them. Given the details of the domestic abuse (which we will omit for victim protection), it was decided that fast time response was needed in order to protect the victim and their family. Officers located the offender who was promptly arrested and the victim and family were taken into police care while initial investigations were taking place.
We would encourage anyone who has suffered or knows someone suffering from domestic abuse to seek help, for more information on support check out http://www.surreyagainstda.info