Camden Council under pressure to tackle West Hampstead crime hotspot alley

Pressure is piling on Camden Council to tackle a crime hotspot in a secluded West Hampstead footpath.

A 66-year-old man was threatened by two teenagers as he strolled down the backstreet and handed over cash and his mobile phone, in the latest robbery to blight Black Path on June 8.

Police charged a 15-year-old boy with robbery the next day.

West Hampstead Cllr John Bryant has called on the council to install a mirror on a bend in the path, which runs behind the West Hampstead Thameslink line.

He said: “We have got problems with the Black Path and I know it’s a local police concern. The council is not working as hard as it could to solve the problem.”

There have been at least four robberies in the concealed alleyway over the last five months.

A council spokeswoman said: “We work closely with the police across the entire borough to address concerns relating to crime and community safety.

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“We are aware of issues at the Black Path and are awaiting delivery of mirrors to erect at the location. These will be fitted as soon as possible.”