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Chief Inspector of Constabulary visit
The invitation was sent after the circulation of Sir Denis’ Stop the Rot report, which revealed the scale of damage from anti-social behaviour to our way of life and what the police can do to improve their response.
Sir Denis O’Connor, CBE, QPM, himself a one-time resident of Thamesmead (1976) said: “I have visited many places where the intentions are good but it’s not working for local people and yet here I see Trust Thamesmead and the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams working not only together over the two boroughs but with young people and people of all ages and backgrounds.
"What I have seen here today is truly inspiring. It really has lifted my soul.”
Sir Denis’ whistle stop tour was a visit of contrast, from the new, aspiring building work that is going on at The Link Thamesmed to the once aspirational Tavy Bridge.
Sir Denis went on to say: “There are three things you need to succeed in life; that is aspiration to do something because if you don’t, nobody will. Influence - if you influence others you have a chance and the third is doing things and if you do, you will succeed.”