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More than 400 hours of patrols during Anti-Social Behaviour Week

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Police horses during one of the days' of action for anti-social behaviour week

More than 400 hours of patrols were carried out by Tower Hamlets Council and police during seven days of activity for Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week. 

The was a result of partnership working from the Met Police, THEOs, Tower Hamlets Homes Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch, and council officers to target anti-social behaviour (ASB) hotspots and engage with residents. 

Officers spoke with almost 1,000 residents and visited 186 local businesses to highlight what support was on offer for those affected by ASB and encourage them to report issues to the police and council so those areas could be targeted with patrols. 

During the week, 16 people were arrested for a range of offences including drugs, burglary, and possession of offensive weapons, 48 stop and searches were carried out and 78 ASB warnings were issued. 

Drugs and weapons, including knives and a baseball bat, were also seized. 

Officers made 17 referrals to Tower Hamlets Specialist Substance Misuse Investigations Team (SSMIT) and RESET/Street Link, and spoke with 42 vulnerable people to give them advice and support. 

Cllr Ohid Ahmed, Lead Member for Safer Communities, said: “We have made a firm commitment to tackle ASB and the activity during this week has proven that we will take action against perpetrators.

“ASB causes a number of problems for our residents and we want to send a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Tower Hamlets.

“This is a fantastic result for our teams during anti-social behaviour week and we will be continuing to target ASB across our borough.” 

More patrols and activities targeting ASB will be continuing throughout the year.

To report anti-social behaviour, visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/asb

To report a crime, visit www.met.police.uk 

Posted on Thursday 4th August 2022