Monday 16 February 2004 10.24pm
I live just over the road from that estate and have never seen or heard any trouble. Of course, there was that murder in the flats just over the other side of Abbey Street
from the Aylwin Estate last year, but it doesn't seem as if that was a random thing (obviously, that doesn't make it okay, but unrandom murder is easier to deal with than random murder, if you see what I mean - you don't get that "Oh my God - it could have been me!" reaction to it.)
I feel really safe round here, and am happy to walk along the streets on my own at night, unlike when I lived in the green suburbs of Ealing, which was full of random rapes and murders and where I wouldn't have walked along the Uxbridge Road alone at night if you paid me.
Basically, it's a nice area, and as safe as anywhere in London. And possibly safer than a lot of places in London.