Crime levels in Crouch End are already high – and Somerfield are taking action against late-night troublemakers

On Friday, there was yet another assault in Crouch End. There are two police posters in Figo’s cafe asking for information on violent crimes in Crouch End. And the Somerfield store, which is virtually opposite the Music Palace, has decided that it is going to stop providing a full 24-hour service. There was just too much aggravation and trouble for the people working there late at night, and they have reluctantly taken the decision to provide a hatch-only service between the hours of midnight and 6 am, to reduce the likelihood of their staff being threatened. Crime levels in this area are already high, and there is clearly concern among shopkeepers in the vicinity of the Music Palace about the safety of their staff late at night. Groups of sexually aroused men, probably intoxicated to some extent, leaving a lap dancing club in the early hours of the morning are hardly going to make this situation any better. This is an area where we need policies that are going to reduce crime, not add to it.


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