Gold award for Newham crime fighters

28 June 2012 in Community safety and Mayor

A top award has been scooped by Newham Council after a crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour in Forest Gate.

A total enforcement approach involving council enforcement officers and police led to five ASBOs (Anti Social Behaviour Orders) being issued.

Meanwhile, a multi-agency operation led to seven members of a group being arrested and charged with the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. They were found guilty and received sentences of between one and three years' imprisonment.

The borough won the Gold Award in the Safer Communities category for an initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour in Forest Gate.

The 7th annual Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) awards took place at New Scotland Yard earlier this month (June) .They were created to promote the work being done by the police with partners from local authorities, fire service and other agencies to make communities safer.

The award was for an innovative and successful multi-agency crime crackdown.

Between January and November 2010, Forest Gate South Safer Neighborhoods team and Newham Council received 39 reports of anti social behaviour caused by a group of about 40 men.

Residents of Vale Road and nearby estate blocks said they were constantly intimidated by the group, who hung around in the street and loitered in stairwells.

There were regular reports of criminal damage, spitting, littering and smoking cannabis.

By April 2011, it was established that the group were also dealing class ‘A ‘ (hard) drugs.

Agencies, led by the council's Enforcement and Safety Division officers, police and housing providers, formed a West Quadrant partnership group which met regularly to discuss the way forward and report back to residents.

Stop and searches were carried out by local police on the estates and in Vale Road after council CCTV cameras were used to capture evidence linked to individual offenders. 

Newham Major Sir Robin Wales said: “Crime and anti-social behaviour in any form is totally unacceptable. We will never apologise for cracking down on the criminals and yobs who make the lives of hard-working people a misery.

“Our residents tell us tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority. This award shows we hear them and are taking tough action. We are funding SO19 officers and investing in CCTV.

“It’s great to get this award and this shows how hard we are working to address head-on crime and anti-social behaviour in Newham. We are one of the most proactive boroughs in the country when it comes to crime-fighting.”

Inspector Joe McGlone, MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) Problem Orientated Partnership Unit said
"Last year an unprecedented three London problem solving teams were short listed in the Herman Goldstein International Problem Solving Awards in Miami with a London Safer Transport team entry being the eventual winners. The standard of entries has once again been high and clearly demonstrates that we are successfully working in partnership systematically, trying to identify the causes of crime first before trying to find the solution. This approach is having a positive impact on the quality of life issues of people who live and work in the London area as well as providing sustainable crime and ASB reductions."