TINSELTOWN: police and council must take share of the blame

Suhail Hasan s absurd outburst in the Ham & High interview of last week,  his risible litany of bluster, half-truths, inaccuracies and lies, would have been comic if the truth was not so tragic.  The fact is that he has been running rings around the counc

Suhail Hasan's absurd outburst in the Ham & High interview of last week, his risible litany of bluster, half-truths, inaccuracies and lies, would have been comic if the truth was not so tragic. The fact is that he has been running rings around the council and police now for years.

In truth, the blame rests purely and simply with the council and police for their fundamental failure of enforcement. There will always be odious businessmen seeking to profit regardless of the human cost. It is up to the laws of the land and their enforcement to protect previously peaceful neighbourhoods.

In contrast to this villain's bluster (boo hiss), our neighbours have been painstakingly collecting evidence of nuisance and crime and presenting it to our elected representatives. The one person who has stood out in her fair-mindedness, consistency and generosity of spirit has been Kirsty Roberts. She of course now has been branded "biased" - what utter nonsense - an old trick you may have seen in pantos up and down the country. Regrettably it is Camden's planning department, the licensing department, the parking department and the police who have stood idly by while Tinseltown wrecks the environment. Even after someone was used as a human football on New End the other day the inactivity has been breath-taking.

We should really thank Mr. Hasan for proving beyond a doubt the futility of trying to reach a compromise with him. Sadly, his utter contempt for Hampstead residents also stretches to his customers. The fate of one was revealed on the video you published and many other fights have been witnessed. The total dis-regard of traffic signs by many of his customers means that a serious accident, probably involving one of his customers is an inevitability. The traffic situation late at night is often mayhem and we would therefore advise parents to keep their children away from that establishment, particularly after dark. You know for sure they do not have the protection of the police who still claim not to understand the problem.


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I have no doubt that the vast majority of our neighbours would join me in calling upon Camden Council and the police to wake up.

Meanwhile, we would welcome another appearance from the pantomime villain (you drink horlicks! oh no we don't! oh yes you do!). Please, stand against Kirsty. If you win, Hampstead will be yours, all yours. If you lose, will you shut up shop and go away?

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Adrian Pritchard

New End, NW3

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