Emily Thornberry MP visits the Angel for a crime walkabout

BID praised for action on retail crime

Our very own Business Crime Manager Gerry Morgan was recognised for his part in creating a safer Angel when Islington MP Emily Thornberry joined him and colleagues for an area walkabout.

Ms Thornberry was keen to hear about the work the BID was doing in partnership with the local police team to tackle shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood. She told the Islington Gazette: “I was particularly impressed by the intelligence gathering and co-ordination between the police, the Council, and the Angel London team. Gerry, the Business Crime Manager, who is in constant communication with local retail, is a reassuring and knowledgeable presence on the ground.”

Ms Thornberry’s visit follows a similar event last month where senior officers from the Met’s Business Crime Unit joined the BID (pictured below) for a tour of the area and heard about retailers’ efforts to tackle shoplifting. Separately, the BID also met Metropolitan Police Commander Sir Mark Rowley, where the BID discussed its four proposals to better prevent business crime in the Angel.

Met Police join the BID for a tour of the town centre
Image (left to right): Superintendent Lisa Maslen, head of the Met’s Business Crime Unit, Gerry Morgan, Business Crime Manager, Angel Islington BID, Jan Hart, Programme Manager, Angel Islington BID, Superintendent Jack May Robinson, Chief Inspector Hamir Godhania, and BID Chief Executive Ben Stephenson.

The BID Crime Reduction Business Partnership meets every quarter. Chaired by the police, the meeting looks at crime trends and how to address the issues businesses bring. To join the partnership, or for advice or support in tackling retail crime, contact the BID’s Jan Hart at Jan@angel.london.