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South Park shrouded in mystery as police cordon off park for three days and dredge pond!

South Park shrouded in mystery as police cordon off park for three days and dredge pond!

Concerned residents of Ilford have been contacting the East Ilford Betterment Partnership  to enquire into the mysterious closure of South Park for a three day police investigation, during which dozens  of police officers with nets and scuba drivers have been dredging the park pond, searching for clues for a crime the community know nothing about.

Already many have surmised that the intense investigation is part of a murder inquiry, but Police have not responded to communication from the EIBP who have inquired on behalf of local people who have become alarmed over the intense nature and length of the investigation.

All five gates to the park have been chained securely shut and have poster affixed to them that states: "The park will remain closed due to police incident, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

Chairman of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, Wilson Chowdhry, said:

"My daughter and I usually run within the park confines every morning but it is not the inconvenience we are concerned about, it is the potential safety of users of the park and fears that a serial killer may even be in our midst, considering the length and depth of the investigation.

"I am bemused that concerned local residents are being told nothing about the situation and that by keeping us in the dark, community suspicion and fear is being allowed to fester.

"This is a very well used local park with Green flag status and of course such action will be felt by the community immediately and intrinsically.  It is imperative that local statutory authorities keep residents informed on their safety during such forced measures."


Hannah Chowdhry loks frightened by the police sign at the gates on South Park Road

Hannah Chowdhry, a  volunteer for East Ilford Betterment Partnership, said:

"I have always loved South Park it is a great place to meet friends and keep active.  This latest police action however has made me very apprehensive and now I would not go without my mum or dad being with me."

A crime meeting is being organised for next week and local residents are invited to join us.  We will be seeking the presence of police officers and wish to discuss the increase in burglaries, shootings and stabbing that have made life in Ilford one fraught with fear over the last 6 months.  We will also be inviting Danny O'Brien Chairman of Ant-knife UK and Mark Glazer of the National Neighbourhood Watch Association to join us and share ideas for how to keep ourselves safe during this difficult period where crime is palpably increasing.

Event:                 EIBP Local crime meeting
Date:                  Friday 9th February 2018
Time:                  19:00
Locataion:          Clementswood Comunity Centre, 14 Connaught Road, Ilfrod, Esex, IG1 1RN
Contact:             Wilson Chowdhry on 020 8514 0861 or email: info@eastilfordbettermentpartnership.org


A police tape cordon surround the pond at South Park


A 24 hoir police presence protects the area of the park that is being investigated.


Red warning tape demarcates an investigation site boundary


The beams from a police car keep watch over the park at night.


Every gate is locked and contains a police closure notice.


The police notice explains that an investigation is taking place.


An evening static police presence ensures the crime scene is protected 24 hours a day