Crime in Little Parndon: Police and politicians respond to concerns over crime

Crime / Sun 5th Sep 2021 at 12:24pm

OVER the last few days, we have published a number of items regarding crime in the Little Parndon area.

We have given the police and politicians, the chance to respond.

Superintendent Naomi Edwards said: “Harlow is a safe place to live and work.

“Figures for the year to the end of July show crime is down on the previous 12 months and violence with injury and robbery offences have also fallen over the same period.

“Possession of weapons offences have increased but these are recorded as a result of positive, proactive policing including stop-and-search, warrants, and proactive operations.

“Our Disruptor and Op Raptor teams are working to identify, disrupt and arrest those looking to cause you harm – across the county our Op Raptor teams made 272 arrests in the first six months of this year alone.

“In Harlow we are taking an intelligence-led approach to identify local hotspots of crime and disorder and targeting them with proactive operations and increased visibility.

“We continue to work with our partners at Harlow Council, including their licencing team, to address issues where they arise and our work with the likes of Essex County Council to tackle serious violence and vulnerability”.

“And our force continues to grow with 451 new officers passing out since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic – people in Harlow will see a proportion of these officers protecting and serving them.”

Harlow MP Robert Halfon (Cons) said: “I speak to senior police and the police commissioner regularly, about crime and I will set up a meeting with senior police officers to discuss these incidents and others across Harlow and the Villages.

“More police officers are coming into Harlow and Essex and much has been done to combat crime. Despite these crimes, Harlow is still a safe place to live and work”.

Harlow Council leader, councillor Andrew Johnson (Cons) said: “Since becoming leader I have started to meet regularly with the Local Chief Inspector Paul Austin both to discuss crime issues around the town and specific items.

Cllr Joel Charles my deputy and portfolio holder for Community Resilience also meets with the police regularly and has the community safety team in his portfolio – the CS team work very closely with the police and we are committed to such multi agency working.

“Since March 2020 over 450 officers have joined the ranks of Essex Police with an aim to have over 3,500 officers by next march and as Robert Halfon has already mentioned there has been much done to reduce crime and disorder in the town”.


We also invited the local Little Parndon councillors to discuss the crime scene in their ward.

Councillor Chris Vince (Lab) said: “Clearly the number of incidents across our ward is of extreme concern to me, not just as a local councillor but also as a resident of Little Parndon. 

As a local councillor, I am keen to work with the police to deal with this issue and have already messaged the local PCSO, sharing some of the concerns that residents talked to me about during my regular ward canvassing sessions.

I do believe that the increase in crime across our town is in no small part down to a decade worth of cuts to policing by this government.  Although they may boast that they are now recruiting more officers this is too little too late and doesn’t come close to taking us back to the numbers that we had in 2010.

The Harlow police team work extremely hard under increasingly difficult circumstances but there are not enough of them to really get into communities in the way they would like to. 

“We must do all we can to support our police officers to do their jobs effectively and without danger of burning out.  Sadly the Conservative government have shown us time and time again that they are not the party of law and order.


Cllr Jean Clark (Lab) said: “We would certainly be prepared to liaise more with the police. There is a formal partnership between the police and council regarding anti-social behaviour.

Over the years, there have been a number of incidents in or near the woods alongside Hodings Road. We asked the police then to be particularly vigilant and they were very co-operative.

“The difficulty is now, as Chris mentioneded, the police have increasingly stretched resources.

I also agree with him that more community policing would be welcome. It would be reassuring for residents to see a police presence periodically. That is a national issue, on the whole.

“I am happy to co-operate in any way that local residents feel would be helpful, if they are concerned”.


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8 Comments for Crime in Little Parndon: Police and politicians respond to concerns over crime:

2021-09-05 13:53:18

What utter tosh! As a resident it clearly shows they don’t have a clue. The Labour Party just want to make it a political subject and Cllr Durcan even with a prompt from @yourharlow doesn’t even make a statement for the story, very very sad. Perhaps the police can answer a number of questions face to face on the service they deliver as I have many.

Tony Durcan
2021-09-05 14:53:20

Good afternoon Lee thank you for the mention but if you note I was the first to make a direct response instead of providing a quote when the story was put up yesterday and updated today. As you know I never need a prompt to give my view. Agree or disagree I thinks it’s reasonable to conclude I provide a regular view. I suspect we will agree that we require a fully funded emergency police service that is visible ,active ,local and available. What we have at times appears invisible delay in activity not local and victims struggle to have immediate availability. Sometime victim had a double whammy as a victim of a crime and a victim on delayed/none action. This has been and always will be a political decision regardless. Hope this reassure you am around and about. Thank you for missing me anyway

2021-09-05 15:20:54

Are you saying that victims that require a response is due to it being political? Are you saying that a non response for damage to cars or garage break ins is political? Clearly something has gone wrong with our service and the fact that Harlow is a training ground for Essex. Missed you? Ask yourself if I have and you know the answer!

2021-09-05 18:03:19

Would be good to see more PCOs embedded in communities, more sport, youth and community clubs. Might help reduce the causes of crime, and the not so minor issues of more employment and retraining opportunities.

Easy Life
2021-09-05 19:08:22

I don’t think you should represent the Labour Party I think your just in the position for an easy life, your just another robot you don’t represent the people’s safety because of your own single opinion, your delusional and you should step down as it makes no sense how you represent, greedy, lazy and scared that’s you Tony… a robot

Dave Jones
2021-09-06 00:00:37

Stats mean nothing. Just because crime has gone down it doesn’t mean a place is safe to work and live. Statistics can be used to manipulate anything. I have not seen a “bobby on the beat” in years. I get there are cuts but just be honest. The conservative government and Theresa May ensured policing has been “insert rude word”.

2021-09-06 09:53:42

I'm amazed that Mr Durcan can be in a position of power as a local councillor when he has such a poor grasp of the English language and grammar. Anyway, it doesn't matter how many plods you have on the streets if they are just another branch of social services as they are nowadays. They have been too soft for years in response to labour and liberal hand-wringers to the extent that even minor toe rags don't fear them. The police force should be that, a force that smashes heads of miscreants first and asks questions later.

Chris Vince
2021-09-07 08:00:00

I make no apologies for being 'political.' 11 years worth of cuts to community policing has had an affect on our communities. If we had had officers in our communities working proactively for the past 11yrs we would be better placed to tackle these issues. You can't cut vital services like the police and not expect consequences.

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