Suspected crime den closed down

Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017
New style barbers closure

ASB officer with police at closure of New Style Barber's

Drugs and weapons off the hairstyle menu at New Style Barber’s

In October the hard work of our ASB team and police saw a suspected crime den, masquerading as a barber’s shop in Mile End closed down.

The people operating from New Style Barber’s were creating misery for local residents, neighbouring business and those visiting the area by operating it as a suspected crime HQ.

 Police were repeatedly called to the premises following reports of drug dealing, with drugs found on the premises along with weapons such as knives, machetes and knuckle dusters.  A spike of violent crime and anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area was linked to activities in the barber's shop, located in an area home to families and elderly people.  Local parents told THH that they were afraid to let their children play in the streets.

Working in partnership with the police to collect evidence, the ASB team obtained a closure order for the premises from Stratford Magistrates Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014.   The 2014 Act introduced new powers for the courts to close premises on a temporary basis, if it could be shown that they were associated with significant and persistent disorder or persistent serious nuisance. 

Following the court order, ASB staff went straight to the premises, accompanied by a team of police officers to change the locks and secure the shop.

Five suspects were arrested as part of the police investigation and two persons charged.  A thirty one year old male from E1 has been charged with possession of a pointed/bladed article in a public place and possession of cannabis.  A thirty six year old male from E14 has been charged with possession of a pointed/bladed article in a public place.   Both men are awaiting trial.   

It’s a great result for everyone involved and shows how partnership working can make a huge difference to the safety of local communities.

Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017