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Message from Brent Borough Police Commander

Last week, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner - Bernard Hogan-Howe, announced changes to how police will be using stop and search. He wants the police to be more selective in its use. Stop and search is an extremely powerful tactic in disrupting criminality, preventing gang activity and saving lives. We use it to prevent people carrying weapons, to prevent and detect drug dealing that tears communities apart and to make the transportation of illicit goods and firearms more difficult for criminal gangs.

There are two main types of stop and search activity with very important differences.  The first is where an officer searches a person for stolen goods, weapons, drugs, articles used to commit crime or other contraband. The officer must have ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ the article they seek is being carried. These searches are called ‘Section 1’ searches.  The second type of search is in response to or anticipation of serious disorder.  Here a senior police officer authorises officers to search for weapons and can require the removal of face coverings.  The objective with these searches is to prevent or disrupt serious violence. The key difference with this second type of search, (Section 60 searches), is that they do not require the searching officer to have ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that the person is carrying weapons.

Neighbourhood Link - community messaging service

Neighbourhood Link is a community messaging service from the Metropolitan Police Service that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area.

Through this service you can receive messages from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, borough police or, in the event of a major incident or event affecting the whole of London, from other Met teams.

In order to receive messages you will need to register your details. This information will enable us to send you messages relevant to the areas you live and work. Anyone can register, whether you live, work or travel in London. Registration is free and simple to follow.

Spice Market - Salusbury World

Ayan Hassan can't stop smiling. The Somali-born mother of three is talking about appearing in a short film to promote the London catering co-operative she helped to set up a year ago. Hassan, 30, is proud of her achievements since arriving alone in the UK as a refugee 11 years ago. Having left her mother and siblings in Kenya after the family fled civil war in Somalia, she is now an active member of her north-west London community.

The catering project – Spice Caravan – has grown from a group of six refugee mums cooking at school events, to a business with a £30,000 annual turnover, supplying festivals, private parties and the local farmers' market.

None of this would have been possible, says Hassan, without the support of Salusbury World, a small charity based at her children's school, Salusbury primary, in Brent. The country's only refugee centre within a school, the charity helps children and families adjust to school and community life in the UK. As well as providing start-up funding of £500 and kitchen space, Salusbury World helped Spice Caravan to access external training in skills such as business planning, finance and food hygiene.

Glenda Jackson MP on HS2

Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Kilburn) (Lab): While thanking the right hon. Lady for switching on the green light, I note that she referred in her statement to “a package of measures to reinforce confidence in properties above tunnels”. That issue affects many of my constituents. When and to whom should my constituents make representations to have their concerns calmed?

Justine Greening: I will be writing today to all the people affected directly by HS2, and that will include making sure that people in areas that will have tunnels underneath them will receive all the details they need to understand how this process will work.



Harlesden has the highest number of JSA claimants followed by Stonebridge

and Kilburn. Kenton has the lowest number of residents claiming (see below for full ward breakdown)

Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala Partnership & Place Committee January 2012

12,000 people unemployed in Brent (9.3%) vs. 8.3% London and 7.7% UK


52,400 economically inactive (29.9%)

30,420 claiming out of work benefits (17.8%) vs. 14.3% London and 14.7% UK

Jobcentre figures show a Brent person stays out of work for an average of 13 weeks

2,215 18-24 years olds claiming JSA in Brent. The highest in West London

The Government has introduced a new work programme which gives private, public and voluntary sector organisations financial incentives of upto £14,000 for every jobseeker they help find a job

Labour have produced a 5-point plan to tackle unemployment which includes tax on bank bonuses, bringing forward long-term investment projects, VAT cut and tax breaks for firms

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