Senior Ealing police officers, Greenford Community Centre, Oldfield Lane South

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Ten years ago today I created the 229th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.

The murder of Thomas O’Halloran two days ago has shocked and appalled those beyond Greenford’s boundaries and the Borough Commander of Ealing Police called a meeting at Greenford Community Centre to reassure residents. As an arrest has been made he could not discuss the case but he explained that there would be a more visible police presence for the next week and asked that any information is passed on to patrolling officers.

It was also an opportunity for residents to comment on crime, safety and policing in the area. The loss of stations, frustration at the lack of officers and difficulties in reporting crime and anti-social behaviour were all mentioned but the word I heard most often was “drugs”. The challenges of making arrests when it comes to dealing were explained but their negative impact on the quality of life in Greenford is clear. Although there was criticism several people made a point of thanking the officers present for their work.

At the end of what must have been a long and tiring day they were kind enough to pose for a photograph. From left to right, Chief Inspector Grewal, Chief Inspector Sean Wilson, Inspector Lee Ballard and Inspector Dinkesh Patel. I am also grateful to PC Ash and PC Allangh, as well as their colleagues, for their assistance.

Images and text ©Albertina McNeill 2022. Please do not reproduce without permission. All rights reserved. Do not add any of these images to Pinterest or similar sites as this will be regarded as a violation of copyright.

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