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Tuesday 5 May 2009 2.32pm

Has anyone else come into contact with the cycle gang that are currently troubling the Shad Thames area? In the past week, the same gang has been responsible for breaking into vehicles in the private car park (beside Q-Park) on Gainsford St. I have spoken to other Shad Thames residents who have had major issues with these kids recently.

The gang is comprised of between 5-7 Black Males between the ages of 15-17 (though there is one who is about 13). They always use bikes, and have at least one spotter who keeps his distance from the event to warn the others. I have had the police out 4 times in 3 days, but they miss them by 5 minutes every time.


Gainsford St resident.
Tuesday 5 May 2009 4.30pm
No. I have stopped a white gang, similar ages, about 6, 2 with hoods, who were breaking into an SUV by the Circle on QE St. about 3 weeks ago. The Circle reception guy told me there are CCTV's that would have captured them, so I gave a de-brief to a very helpful telephone lady who effectively screens the police from the public. Then.....nada. The police are busy preventing youths from playing football on council pitches.
Tuesday 5 May 2009 5.34pm
How did you stop them?
Tuesday 5 May 2009 6.32pm
I saw one of them in a hood poking at the car's lock, walked up to him, took his wrist and called him a thief...the story progressed a bit from there as they gathered round, but they knew they were on CCTV and there was daylight. I was hoping a policeman would turn up by a fluke or someone else would help hold one of them. It was 7pm and still light. So they marched off cursing me.
Tuesday 5 May 2009 9.30pm
Yikes! You are brave, and well done, but yikes.

It's obvious that CCTV is no deterrent whatsoever. The odds of being caught and convicted for breaking into a car must be one to a bazillion.
Tuesday 5 May 2009 9.57pm
Wow, I agree you are very brave.
Sadly, I also agree that the police are indifferent to crime. My experience happened after I was burgled while at home. The CCTV showed a youth, but after giving the disk to the police they said they could not get it to work.

.....I should add, the specialists who handle cctv said the disk didn't work, after i chased them.

Why we spent 6,000 on cctv equipment I do not know.

On the plus side, the forum is a great way to see what's happening locally, and hopefully be more aware.

Wednesday 6 May 2009 11.26am
If you're in a situation similar to the one outlined by markadams99 you should call the police. It's a 'crime in progress' and should get immediate attention, this is especially true if the person is armed with something like a screwdriver.
Wednesday 6 May 2009 8.03pm
This should be reported to the Riverside police team on 020 8721 2440 so they can record the incidents and we can follow up at public meetings. The next is 1st June. We need to engage with them to help set priorities. Personally, I believe we need a foot patrol around the time many of the bars close. Just an example. If we don't ask we don't get. This website is absolutely excellent but we need to get the doers doing and not just talk amongst ourselves.
Wednesday 6 May 2009 9.48pm
I gave a report to the police at the time and heard nothing after. I'd have thought they'd check the CCTV since they had only a 5 minute window to look at. At the least it's good local intelligence. I'll call the number you gave to see whether they have access to the report. Foot patrols are indeed the first step. Public shaming the next. I like the idea of thieves in orange jumpsuits cleaning the neighbourhoods they thieved in. Scraping up chewing gum perhaps. That would deter a few young people from a crummy lifestyle.
Wednesday 6 May 2009 10.31pm
The same is happening everywhere but where are the Police when you need them ? Now we could really go into that one in depth.

Hope you get it all sorted soon and if I spot one whilst Im down here at the weekend I will knock them off their bike.
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