Burglary warning

Police are urging residents to take security precautions after a spate of burglaries in the Wealdstone area earlier this week.

There were nearly 20 burglaries in one two-day period with offences mainly taking place in the daytime or early evening.

It is believed that small groups of two to three men have been knocking on doors to check whether houses are occupied, later gaining access to properties from the back.

They usually arrive empty-handed and use bags and suitcases they find in homes to carry away items including jewellery, laptops, mobile phones and cash.

To see the latest burglary prevention advice from the Metropolitan Police click here.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously then call 999.

Food and dance festival

A day-long food and dance festival is coming to Harrow town centre on St Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17.

The event, which runs from 11am to 5pm, will feature a farmers’ market, continental food stalls and cooking demonstrations – all taking place in St Ann’s Road.

Round the corner in St John’s Road, shoppers will be able to enjoy a colourful line-up of professional and community acts on an open air dance stage.

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, a troupe of Irish dancers will kick off the show.

Harrow Council says the event is part of efforts to revitalise the town centre and has been funded thanks to a grant from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

Have your say on Harrow masterplan

Harrow residents are being urged to have their say on a masterplan for Harrow town centre, Wealdstone and Station Road.

The Harrow and Wealdstone Area Action Plan will guide the way these three areas – dubbed the “heart of Harrow” – are developed over the next few decades.

This will include the creation of new shops, businesses and homes, as well as changes to roads, pavements and cycle routes.

The plan promises a number of changes designed to improve the look of Station Road including improvements to shop fronts to create a new “urban boulevard”.

It also promises changes to the road and pavement layout to make life easier for pedestrians and cyclists. At the moment “conditions along the highway are often cramped and poorly laid out”, says the consultation document.

The changes could also include removing the cladding from the 1930s Safari cinema building to reveal its original Art Deco features.

The latest stage of public consultation on the plan runs until February 23 with a series of events throughout the month where people can ask questions and share their thoughts.

These include an event at Tesco in Station Road on Tuesday, February 14, from 2pm to 6pm. More information about the plan and how to have your say can be found here.