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Chief Inspector of Constabulary visit

3rd June 2011

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O’Connor, CBE, QPM visited Thamesmead on 2 June 2011, after receiving an invitation from The Link Thamesmead's parent company, Trust Thamesmead.

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.”