MapRA newsletter

Arrests for murder.

A third and fourth person have been arrested by detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Sven Badzak in Kilburn. A 19 and a 20-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday and Monday last week. Anybody with information that can help the investigation is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580/06Feb. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

but another fatal stabbing in Brent. Police were called to Preston Road, shortly after 23:30hrs on Thursday, 18 February. A 16-year-old boy had stab injuries and subsequently died in hospital. A crime scene has been put in place on Preston Road, between the junctions of Logan Road and The Avenue. Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime are leading the investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 8167/18Feb, or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Coronavirus or non-coronavirus related, the nature of scams has evolved throughout the pandemic (as if we already don’t have enough to deal with). Adam from the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team explains how the Friends Against Scams initiative can provide tips and training on how to protect yourself and others from getting caught out.  And how the NTS scams team is fighting fraud. Link

Magazine ‘Which’ also warns about Just Eat gift card phishing email. A fake email purporting to be from Just Eat is doing the rounds, tempting recipients to claim a £50 gift card they’ve been ‘chosen’ to receive. Clicking the link will take you through to a phishing website, which attempts to steal your personal info. Many of us are using takeaway delivery services so it’s worth being cautious about such communications. More on this


Draw your attention to planning appn 21/0359 for 73 Cricklewood Broadway. See below. These people were shut down by enforcement several years ago. Now they seem to be trying it on again. They ran an extremely noisy shisha place in their back garden, complete with loud football matches, which disturbed the residents to the East of Anson and Keyes Road every night until the early hours.

Traders recommended by MapRA members

They are now back on the MapRA website. However, we haven’t put on those whose only recommendation was over 3 years ago; I’m checking with the recommendees to see if the details are still current and we will add those that are, back on Can people let me know any ones where there are problems (people left or give bad service).

Police Ward Panel meeting.

A report of the meeting with local police on 11 Feb if on the MapRA website.


Any waste that has been illegally dumped on the public highway, can be reported directly to the Council’s Waste Contractor (Veolia) to clear. This can be done by reporting the offence via Brent’s website using this link. It can also be reported by using the “Love Cleaner Streets App” – detail on link: Or people can also ring and report the issue via the Contact Centre on 0208 937 5050. Note that Brent don’t clear any waste from private land.
They also request assistance and help from concerned individuals to help take enforcement action against those that dump waste and/or litter illegally. Brent have an Environmental Enforcement Team who investigate and where possible take enforcement action against any ‘evidenced’ reports of waste crime including the illegal dumping of any waste. Send any information or evidence (witnessed acts, CCTV, photos, registration numbers etc.) when they witness any waste being dumped to But they stress that people should not put themselves in danger, but simply record information such as the address or vehicle registration from where the waste is deposited; a description of the people involved, and record the date and time of the offence. CCTV or photographs of the offence helps, but people should only take photos if it’s safe to do so. The Council can use photographs taken of the items after the event as long as they show the items left and the location where they were deposited. Depositing waste illegally is a criminal offence and Brent are required to prove (evidence) the offence, therefore the information provided must be strong enough to enable them to:

  • identify the offender/s.
  • prove (in a Court Of Law), that he/she or they committed an offence.

London in Bloom awards

Elayne of  the Willesden Green Town Team says there are some new categories in the London in Bloom awards this year.
Pubs & Restaurants,  Hotels & Guest Houses,  Front Gardens & Balconies, Grow at Home,  Wildflowers & Weeds, Shops Fronts & Workplaces, Residential Street or Road.  These are in addition to the existing categories and will be desktop assessed with all entries receiving a Bloom Award Certificate. And there are two new special desktop awards for 2021. These will be Planting with a Purpose & Growing Your Community.
If anyone would like to enter please contact Elayne ( as the Town Team is the RHS member for applications. She says it would be really good if people from MapRA would like to enter as this should normally be our Open Gardens year and they could show off their Front Gardens or Balconies etc instead and gain RHS recognition.

Current local Planning applications

(For details search Brent Planning. New items in red)

  • App: 21/0359, 73 Cricklewood Broadwayection of a single storey rear extension and detached outbuilding to ground floor restaurant to accommodate additional seating, serving bar, accessible toilet and storage
  • App: 21/0028, 18 Exeter Road.
  • App: 20/4102, 147 Cricklewood Broadway. Comments by 19 February. First and second floor rear extension and roof alterations to facilitate 5 bedroom ancillary accommodation to Public House; cycle and waste storage to first floor rear and frosted windows to front elevation.
  • App: 21/0118, 14 Keyes Road. Comments by 19 February. Proposed demolition of existing rear conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension

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