Tweets reveal crime across Havering during community day of action

Josie Baker, 9, from Hornchurch gets behind the wheel of a police car

Josie Baker, 9, from Hornchurch gets behind the wheel of a police car - Credit: Havering Police

A police tweetathon of 999 and 101 calls kicked off with a person wishing to cancel a report of a stolen car – it had been parked on a neighbouring street.

But, things got more exciting from there on in.

The Havering Police initative was part of a community day of action that included visits to schools, shopping and youth centres.

On social networking site Twitter reports of fraud, burglary, domestic disturbances, thefts and drug dealing were posted.

Examples include “member of public has approached a PC on foot patrol to report being assaulted in #HaroldHill” and “elderly resident has received a call from bogus police officer, asking for bank card details”.

Acting police sergeant Charlie Routley, from Harold Wood Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “Havering’s tweetathon gave the community a glimpse into the type of calls we deal with on a daily basis.

“Not every call could be tweeted but the 26 that were, were informative and interesting. We hope to hold another #MPSHaveringLive in the near future.”

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Other tweets read “call to a ladder in the carriage way of the M25 jct 28 of A12” and “officers called to report a burglary in #HaroldHill”

The action day was the third event of its kind and took place in all 32 London boroughs.

On Friday other events across the borough saw Hornchurch Police Station opened to the public – with visitors given the opportunity to visit the cells, have their fingerprints taken and sit in a police car.

Meanwhile officers from Cranham Safer Neighbour Team swapped places with two students from Hallmead School in Upminster – a full report of their experience is on p4.

The day also saw crime prevention advice handed out at train stations and in Romford town centre.

Commander Mak Chishty, Met lead for community engagement, said: “Community Action Days are a great way of strengthening relationships with our communities, with officers playing their part in engaging with Londoners over the issues that matter to them.”