Clampdown on crime and ASB in Stratford

26 April 2012 in Community safety
A crackdown is being launched on crime in Stratford by police and Newham Council.
They are creating a dispersal zone in the area, starting on Friday (April 27) for three months.

The zone will cover Stratford Town Centre, including the area around the Magistrates' Court, and along West Ham Lane. It is designed to tackle low level crime and ASB (anti social behaviour).
It gives police the power to disperse groups within the designated area. They can be excluded for up to 24 hours.

Anyone breaching the terms these terms faces arrest and imprisonment and a possible Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).

Council-funded police officers and Newham council enforcement officers will be supporting the initiative.

It is particularly designed to target groups that harass, intimidate or alarm members of the public.

Local residents and businesses will also see a big increase in police patrols with local Safer Neighbourhood officers carrying out regular foot patrols supported by and Newham Council.

This action follows regular community consultation and forms part of wider strategy to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

Newham Council’s Cllr Ian Corbett, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Environment, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour in Newham. It simply won’t be tolerated in any shape or form. This dispersal zone is another example of our terrific partnership with police.

“Safety remains our residents’ number one concern and we are investing more in making Newham safer. Crime and anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and we will never apologise for being tough on the criminals who make the lives of the hard-working majority a misery.

Inspector Sean McDermid, of Newham borough’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: "People have a right to feel safe in their community, and it is unacceptable that anybody should feel threatened by groups of people hanging around. Working in partnership with Newham Council we have decided to take a tough stance on anti-social behaviour to ensure the communities around the West Quadrant are fully supported in addressing the issue in the area.”

"We have been working closely with local communities and have had some success in tackling a range of nuisance and anti-social behaviour issues with their support. The planned dispersal orders and police operations offer the police, council and residents an opportunity to tackle these issues swiftly and prevent serious activity from escalating."