Reassurance to communities following incidents - Slough
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Following recent incidents of violence within Slough, Thames Valley Police and its partners including Slough Borough Council recognise that there may be wider community concerns around violence, and want to provide an update on what is being done to address violent crime in the area.
At the outset, we would like to make it clear there is no identified wider risk to the public at this stage. Our investigation into these incidents will be thorough and we will relentlessly pursue the perpetrators.
Whilst the initial response to incidents of serious violence are given the highest priority, work is and has been taking place across partner agencies to tackle violence, with the aim of preventing these offences being committed in the first place.
Thames Valley Police uses intelligence and information to target locations with increased patrols and officers carry out weapons sweeps. We use information provided by the community to obtain and execute warrants to disrupt criminal activity and work to safeguard those who are vulnerable to exploitation by criminals. We target those who are known to habitually carry knives and are identified as repeat offenders of serious violence to deter them from criminal activity and where offences are committed we ensure they are held accountable for crimes they commit.
Thames Valley Police as part of the Safer Slough Partnership aims to tackle violence and substance misuse that is recognised as being a key driver of violent crime. There are a number of initiatives that are undertaken in partnership with the VRU, health agencies and the council. These include a Navigator Scheme at the local hospital to engage with people at a teachable moment in time to steer them away from crime and exploitation; Streetgames to harness the power of sport for those involved in violent crime as well as environmental and physical changes to localities to make the environment safer, such as through improved street lighting.
We recognise that preventative and diversionary activity may not always work with individuals, and the police and partners do not shy away from taking more robust action to tackle offending. This may include examples such as securing Criminal Behaviour Orders on conviction, which can place restrictions on those who perpetrate violence; taking housing enforcement action and more
We continue to engage with young people across Slough to deter and prevent violent crime in the area. This includes educational sessions focused on the risks and dangers of carrying weapons, whilst discussing the impact it can have on the lives of those involved. In addition, knife crime amnesty programmes allow for the safe disposal of knives in Slough at multiple times throughout the year.
Superintendent Lee Barnham, Local Policing Area Commander for Slough, said: “It is not acceptable for anyone to be in possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article in Slough. Carrying a weapon carries a sentence of up to 4 years in prison, and we will arrest and prosecute anyone in possession of one.
“Our communities play a vital role in our efforts to proactively tackle violence within Slough. We need information about people carrying knives in the area. If anyone has information about knives or violence in Slough, please report it to us via 101, or by going online.
“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.
“Police, partners and the public need to work as one in order to tackle violence and substance misuse across Slough.
“Our thoughts remain with the individuals affected by the recent incidents and their loved ones.”