Anti Semitic attack, Stonegrove Park

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2017-07-06
Session date: 
July 6, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2623
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A female 16 year old student was recently set upon by two males in Stonegrove Park, Edgware, being abused, punched and kicked in what was a clear anti Semitic attack. The police were called on 999. How long did it take for the police to respond to the call; and are you satisfied by, firstly the response; and secondly the investigation of the offence?

Answer

Answer for Anti Semitic attack, Stonegrove Park

Answer for Anti Semitic attack, Stonegrove Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Our understanding of the incident is as follows; police were called at 19:18 by a witness to an incident where it was alleged that a young girl was attacked, in the company of two other young girls.  The witness didn’t know the location but by her description police were able to identify it as Stoneyfields Park.  She stated she would wait with the girls.

 

It later transpired that as the incident occurred on the Sabbath, the girls did not themselves wish to use a phone to report the attack, and the call made no mention of the anti-Semitic nature of the attack.  Police arrived at 19:37, but there are eight entrances to the park and the officers could not find anyone.  The police called the witness back but she had left the girls and had not taken their names and officers could not therefore find the victim.  The victim’s father contacted the Community Support Team (CST) and police were able to make contact with the family the next day. It is now being investigated.

 

While both the Commissioner and I want to see an immediate and robust response when hate crimes are reported, there are clearly circumstances in this instance that prevented officers from being able to provide the assistance and support they would want.  However, it is encouraging that the witness was willing to make the call to 999, and that the victim was able to report some of the details of the attack through one of our third-party reporting partners, the CST.

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and I are working closely with the Met Police, and partners across London, to ensure that victims have the confidence to report crime so that it can be effectively investigated and, where appropriate prosecuted.  We will also ensure that victims have the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of these incidents.