A message for Norbiton residents and beyond
From the Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Liz Green and Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar from the Metropolitan Police.
Following the tragic events of last week, we would like to reassure residents that we continue to work hard to protect you and work together in partnership to build safe and stronger communities
The fatal stabbing that took the life of Malik Chattun has been upsetting and unsettling, and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Kingston is a safe borough, with some of the lowest crime rates in London. Knife crime is a concern across the capital, but in Kingston, it is lower compared to other London boroughs.
We have been proactive in trying to prevent this violent crime and we are jointly developing an action plan led by the Safer Kingston Partnership to tackle knife related crime. Our local dedicated ward officers regularly carry out weapons sweeps in open areas to remove knives and other weapons from our streets.
We have been working in schools to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives, and we work with a range of organisations in the borough who provide support to those at risk of becoming involved in this type of illegal activity.
It’s important to us that you feel safe when going about your daily lives. In the days following the incident, you told us a visible police presence and acting quickly on your concerns would help you to feel more confident.
We already have measures in place to help deter and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and we have taken some additional steps. This includes increasing uniformed patrols around the area where the incident took place, engaging more closely with residents and community groups and working together to review the CCTV around the Cambridge Road.
We want you to continue to have the confidence to talk to us and report any issues. The more information we have, the greater our ability is to act upon it.
You can report anti-social behaviour online, you can talk to us on 101 or speak to someone anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, visiting their website, crimestoppers-uk.org. In an emergency, always call 999.
Thank you for your ongoing co-operation and support.