I am the new Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham Police. I am aware of a number of concerns from local residents regarding the recent tragic murder as I have been monitoring this blog. I have noted concerns raised regarding anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the area and have commissioned a review to ensure that we take a proactive stance to deal with issues raised.
I am concerned that local residents feel that police are not doing enough to tackle local problems. Can I reassure you that we are working in partnership with the Local Authority, key community representatives and local residents. After receiving input from local residents I have put out extra patrols in the area in the short term and am considering longer terms plans.
I thought it would be helpful to clarify the current position regarding the incident. As you know, a man was fatally shot in Lakeside Road, W14 on Monday 9th May. My officers, in an unmarked vehicle, arrived within 5minutes of the Metropolitan Police Service receiving the call and gave emergency first aid to try and save the mans life. This was under difficult circumstances as I am sure you are aware. 3 arrests have been made, and one of these was for a public order matter after the person refused to leave the scene despite being given a number of opportunities by police. The other two people have been bailed pending further enquiries.
I would urge anyone who may have any information to come forward to help us solve this incident or if you wish to remain anonymous call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
I am keen to work with you all to improve the quality of life within your area. I would encourage you to contact me with any issues that you wish to bring to my attention on the following link Contact the Borough Commander and also to contact your Local Safer neighbourhoods Team if you have any information/intelligence on 0208 721 2826 .
Chief Superintendent Lucy D'Orsi, Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham Police.