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Operation Continuum

Why are we conducting Operation Continuum in Tower Hamlets?

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Operation Continuum was launched in December 2017 in response to ongoing reports of drug dealing, drug use and associated criminality. Tower Hamlets is estimated to have one of the highest prevalence of Class A drug users in London, and it is believed there is a strong link between violent crime and the supply of Class A and Class B drugs. This is also linked to other risks such as exploitation of young people and vulnerable adults. As a response to these concerns Operation Continuum was developed as a partnership approach to tackle crime, disorder and violence linked to the street based drug markets. This has enabled the council and partners to use local knowledge, experience and resources to support the Police to disrupt and enforce perpetrators of crime and the anti-social behaviour linked to drug dealing. This has included, using Housing Act legislation and ASB Crime & Policing Act legislation, such as civil injunctions, premises closure notices and Criminal Behaviour Orders.

How does Operation Continuum work?

Following intelligence and information led Police raids, the council’s Community Safety Team coordinates council resources and partners to be deployed to the area, conducting highly visible activity and provide reassurance advice to those residents affected. This has included officers from the Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Partnership Task Force (council funded Police Officers), Tower Hamlets Homes Police Team, CCTV Team, Clean and Green Team, Commercial Waste and Enforcement Team, Street Population Team, Trading Standards, Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers, Substance Misuse Team (to provide outreach and support), Licensing Officers, ASB Investigation Team, Community Safety Team, Communications Team and Tower Hamlets Homes and other Housing Providers.

Operation Continuum is our collective partnership response to the crime, ASB and violence associated with street based drugs. It represents an enhanced package of measures that compliments robust policing, allowing us to work together to make a bigger, impact and more sustainable difference for our residents.

Operation Continuum is here to stay and we will continue the local partnership operations in 2019, refining our tactics to improve the work we do and to inform the public more effectively.

Action taken

To date, 9 operations have been implemented covering Shadwell, Stepney, Bow, Whitechapel, St Peters, Weavers and Mile End wards. We have achieved some very significant results and continue to commit to conducting these operations borough-wide. For more information, select the links below to review the results so far: 


2019 Operation Continuum results


 2017-2018 Operation Continuum results

Post operations - news and events

We have been busy working with our partners to ensure Operation Continuum activities and results are shared widely with the public. In case you missed any of these and wanted to see the operations in action, use the links below for further information:

Tower Hamlets Council

Tower Hamlets Police

BBC London News

Evening Standard 

East London Advertiser

Tower Hamlets Homes

Useful contacts

The council, police and partners would encourage the public to keep reporting their concerns around drug dealing and drug use. Use this simple guide for further information, and the range of reporting services available below:

  • Call 999: in an emergency, if there is a crime occurring or there is a threat to life

  • Call 101: for ASB (including drug dealing). If drug dealing is happening outside of a school or playground, call 999

  • Report crime, ASB and drug dealing online to the Police. For drug dealing select ‘Antisocial behaviour’

  • Report ASB associated to drug dealing/drug use online to the council

  • Call Crime Stoppers to report any crime anonymously on 0800 555 111