Operation Ohio lands hammer blow to crime

15 November 2012 in Community safety and Environment
A hammer blow has been dealt to crime and anti-social behaviour in Newham with the latest Operation Ohio enforcement action.
Almost 200 waste in front garden notices and 19 fixed penalty notices were issued, and 92 fly-tip investigations initiated (including this one in the Green Street area, pictured), in a co-ordinated two-day swoop earlier this month (Nov).

A cannabis factory in Plaistow was uncovered in the joint operation between Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police. A drug gang had converted a rented flat into a factory to cultivate up to 400 cannabis plants using a sophisticated system of heat lamps. The plants were seized and a dog left by the gang to protect the premises was taken away by animal welfare officers. A further investigation is now under way.

It was part of a raft of enforcement activity which took place during 48 hours aimed at improving the local neighbourhood.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: "The latest joint enforcement operation has once again demonstrated our determination to make Newham a better borough for everyone. We make no apology for getting tough on crime and anti-social behaviour.

"Residents have made clear they want tackling crime to be the top priority and we've listened. Why should law-abiding citizens put up with litter, dogs not on leads or untaxed cars in their neighbourhood? It's not right.

"Our work with the Metropolitan Police on initiatives like Operation Ohio shows that we are making good on our commitment. Ohio will continue in the future as we continue to ensure we make Newham a place where law-abiding people want to live, work and stay."