Police and council launch scheme to cut crime in The Stow

Crime / Sun 19th May 2024 at 07:44am

RESIDENTS, business owners and charity representatives joined police, NHS and council staff at Moot House in The Stow for the launch of an initiative to cut crime and regenerate the area.

Clear, Hold, Build is a Home Office-backed scheme that brings together public services to tackle offending and address underlying issues affecting the local community.

The aim is to produce sustained, long-term change in places that have been blighted by serious and organised crime by pursuing offenders, breaking up and dispersing gangs, and creating strong, resilient neighbourhoods.

Attendees were welcomed to the event by Assistant Chief Constable Andy Mariner and the leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Dan Swords, and then listened to presentations from speakers including Harlow District Commander Chief Inspector Paul Austin who outlined why The Stow had been chosen and what he hoped the project would achieve.

This was followed by a constructive, open discussion about what people believe the biggest challenges in The Stow are.

The event also saw the unveiling of the project’s logo, which was created by Sophia, a year six student at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy. Her colourful design and ‘Safe to go Stow’ slogan won a competition at her school and will now feature on all Clear, Hold, Build information. 

Speaking after the event, Harlow District Commander Chief Inspector Paul Austin said:

“We want the Stow to be a place people are proud of and feel safe in. Currently, residents have told us this is not always the case. This project will help to change that.

“People can expect to see my officers out of patrol, driving down anti-social behaviour, arresting those responsible for violence and drug offences, and making sure they don’t come back.

“By working together with our partners from across the public services, we will show residents that this is an area we care about and is worth investing in. 

“There is a strong community spirit here and it’s clear by the views expressed today, there’s a real passion for area. By joining forces, we can help to make the positive impact that the law-abiding people who live here deserve.”

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“Two of the council’s six missions are to protect our communities and renew our neighbourhoods. Clear, Hold, Build will deliver on both of these missions and address long-term serious crime, anti-social behaviour and the fact too many residents and businesses in The Stow feel left behind.

“This is a brand-new programme which has been extraordinarily successful in other parts of the country. Working together with the police, a whole host of organisations and most importantly local people, we will crack down on criminal gangs, drive out anti-social behaviour and resolve the issues that this community have faced for far too long. 

“As well as seeing more police patrols residents will be seeing more of our own Community Safety Officers out and about in the area to provide extra reassurance to make sure the problems the area faces don’t resurface. 

“And as soon as we have dealt with the immediately pressing challenges to protect our community, we can renew this neighbourhood and ensure that once again residents and businesses feel proud of The Stow as a safe place to live, work, visit and shop. 

“Our message to residents is clear: we know that we have let you down and we will change that. We will end this cycle of violence and crime, protect our community and renew your neighbourhood.”

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15 Comments for Police and council launch scheme to cut crime in The Stow:

2024-05-19 09:46:01

Why was this not publicised so local residents could attend and just what are the problems and who are causing them? I can see the Stow from my house, I am always surprised when I read of incidents attended by lots of police when I have heard nothing at all. Of course, I am all in favour of law and order and being old school like to see a police presence, we keep being told about extra patrols (YH 5/8/23 Dan swords on patrol), are they actually happening?

2024-05-19 10:17:44

We all know they will run around talking but nothing will change. The stow shopping center and the buildings around it are old and not for purpose. If they really want to make a difference then they should be bold enough to demolished the whole place and rebuild a modern safe estate where the spirit of the new town lives on.

2024-05-19 11:58:05

I hope this plan works but can see the scrotes just moving elsewhere.

2024-05-19 12:18:11

22 people in the main picture. Please, what do you all (police and Dan excepted) do, what is your connection to this "initiative. Are all your salaries paid for by me ie a tax payer. Dave, please don't encourage demolition, just around the corner many of the service bays were demolished with nothing yet built

Failed resident
2024-05-19 12:19:50

Hand on heart cll Swords. Would you walk through the Stow in the evening without your posse. I doubt that very much. We were blessed that a deputy chief constable, chief inspector and inspector could find the time for a photo opportunity. Crack down hard on all the anti social behaviour and try taking the feral kids home and ask the parents if they know or care what they are up to.

2024-05-19 21:47:08

I didn't recognise you without a dumper truck - Shouldn't you and all your friends be knocking down Terminus House and the Harvey Centre and building our new Marks & Spencer Department Store?

2024-05-20 05:15:21

Congrats little Sophia on your fab logo.Love it.Dan Swords,empty promises as usual.I want to believe you but don't.Just another photo of you grinning.What do you lot actually do in the civic centre?Actions speak louder than words.

2024-05-20 08:58:14

As much as heightened police presence and patrols might deter crime the usual effect is to move the anti social behaviour and crime to another area. Politicians frequently want the low cost, short term 'fix' and the photo opportunity and shy away from addressing the root causes. A lack of youth services, sporting opportunities and clubs is an obvious factor but there are others that have suffered from austerity cuts such as holiday play schemes, Sure Start, low wage economy (where parents might be each holding down two or three part time jobs), poverty and in Harlow the closure of all the social and community clubs that were supported by local industries.

2024-05-20 09:04:40

Maybe these trouble makers can get jobs in M&S . Thanks to Dan lol

View from Afar
2024-05-20 10:25:04

Dan Swords - what is going on regarding suspended Cllr Leppard? You promised an answer in a few days after the election

2024-05-20 12:08:41

One cause of community tension is racial intolerance. Why is Dan Swords posing as somebody who wants to protect the community when his control of the Council depends on him overlooking anti Muslim hate speech from one of his senior Conservative Councillors James Leppard?

2024-05-20 13:37:40

When that poor Polish guy was brutally attack and lost his life at the Stow several years ago, the silly tory people with their high status made that exact same pledge.... What Happened?

Nicholas Taylor
2024-05-20 16:52:57

I am afraid this whole initiative is doomed to failure, just as Enough is Enough has pointed out about what was said several years ago. Anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, intimidation and vandalism are all OUTCOMES of what is going wrong, there is nothing in this initiative about tackling the CAUSES of these outcomes, whether it be unable to afford to become involved in sporting or cultural activities, poor educational opportunities (poor teaching methods and subjects), failure to engage with those causing the problems, mental health issues etc etc What is being done now will simply push the problem elsewhere. I wonder if Dan and the others pictured have ever spoken to the groups of kids at The Stow or have they just chased them off to cause a problem somewhere else?

2024-05-21 17:50:59

What good would talking to these kids do , when you have gone ,they would just laugh and carry on. Okay, there is not much for them to do but it does not mean they can make a nuisance of themselves and break the law. Too many woke attitudes around is one of the main problems in this country. The police are trying to do a job with both hands tied behind their backs

Mark Gough
2024-05-23 11:00:17

Actually Enough is Enough, it was worse than that. Our outgoing MP undermined our Police Force by bringing in the Polish Police after that case! Dreadful decision! Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

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