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Community safety successes

The community safety team is here to keep you safe. Find out what recent action we have taken below.

You can report issues to our team at our safety surgeries and walkabouts or visit Community safety & crime prevention.


Helping the community

Our safer communities officers have been at St Dunstans and All Saints Church on Tuesday 24 January 2023 to help with the food bank and offer advice to the community.

Fine for nitrous oxide

Our THEOs responded to resident complaints about nitrous oxide use in Rich Street on Saturday 21 January 2023. They searched a vehicle, seizing 9 large refill cylinders, 7 boxes of cylinders and 170 mini canisters. The driver has been fined.

Man arrested for driving offences during joint patrol

Earlier this month, hostel relationship managers were carrying out joint patrols with police when they stopped a disqualified driver. On December 15, the managers and police carried out another joint patrol, they identified the same man driving a vehicle.  

The man, Joynal Ahmed, 44, of Sanford Road, East Ham, was arrested for driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and taking a vehicle without the owners consent. He received a 12 week prison sentence. 

Man arrested and homeless people helped

On Wednesday, a man was arrested following information that was shared by Hostel Relations Managers. Police stopped the male who was in possession of a quantity of class A drugs and over £200 in cash and also with a suspected stolen cycle, who is likely to be recalled to prison. 

Safer Communities Officers also helped three homeless people who were rough sleeping in Crisp Street that have previously refused support and failed to engage with officers. They have now been placed in accommodation. 

50 fines handed out for parking in Wapping Lane and Pennington Street

The Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers were contacted about vehicles being parked illegally on Wapping Lane and Pennington Street.

When the THEOs visited the area, they found more than 70 vehicles parked illegally on footways and double yellow lines.

This caused traffic congestion in the area. Many residents approached the THEOs to express their frustrations.

The THEOs arranged for three parking enforcement officers to attend and more than 50 fines were given out. Local residents were very pleased to see the action being taken.

THEOs stop bike thieves

A resident alerted the Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers of two men using an angle grinder to cut away a chain securing two bikes in Bethnal green. 

Officers rushed to the scene and they made off, abandoning the bikes. 

The THEOs circulated the information to police, who were unfortunately unable to find the suspects.

However, when the THEOs returned to the scene, the owner of the bike had returned. They were very grateful to the THEOs for disrupting the thieves. He told the THEOs he had previously had another bike stolen and gave the officers a description.

The THEOs passed this description on to the police, and police confirmed they had seized the bike earlier from a suspected thief. Police are now investigating.

Four charged with drug dealing in Tower Hamlets

Detectives have charged four men with drug offences as part of an operation to crackdown on those supplying drugs in Tower Hamlets.

Officers from Central East’s Gangs Taskforce executed warrants at five residential properties in Tower Hamlets and one in Peckham on the morning of Wednesday, 30 November.

As a result, the following four people were arrested and subsequently charged:

  1. Leban Abdi, 25 (11.08.97), Saxon Road, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin) and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs (cannabis.)
  2. Suraj Sanusi, 19 (27.12.02) of Aqua Vista Square, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin.)
  3. Hany Hanoon, 39, of Haymerle Road, Southwark, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin.)
  4.  Gary Byfield, 40 (16.02.82), of Whitton Walk, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin.)

They appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 1 December. Abdi and Sanusi were remanded in custody and Hanoon and Byfield were bailed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 4 January. 

The charges are the result of Operation Continuum, an intelligence-led, phased operation established in response to ongoing reports of drug supply, drug use and associated criminality in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. 

Since March this year, the days of action have resulted in 93 arrests and more than 150 charges for drugs supply offences and 95 warrants have been executed.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and Operation Continuum, working jointly with drugs outreach and treatment teams from the local authority, will be conducting patrols in all the areas impacted by the warrants.

This will be to provide reassurance and crime prevention support and advice and to focus on drugs hotspots in order to engage with those using drugs and refer them into treatment.