Success for operation combatting drug-related antisocial-behaviour in Tower Hamlets

Posted on Monday 3rd February 2020

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A joint operation from Tower Hamlets Homes (THH), Police, Tower Hamlets Council and partners to reduce drug-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) in and around council estates has resulted in nine civil injunctions, two breaches of current injunctions and 55 ASB warnings.

Running from 8 to 24 January, the borough-wide operation called ‘Operation 2020’ aimed to tackle ASB by focusing on substance misusers in and around estates.  Led by the THH ASB Team, alongside THH Police, Parkguard Neighbourhood Patrol Teams and Tower Hamlets Council, more than 100 blocks and known hotspots were visited continuously and early morning patrols undertaken.

Visits and patrols saw officers talking to substance misusers and homeless persons, encouraging them to take up offers of support services. Next-day appointments were offered for an assessment of housing needs, substance misuse treatment and direct referrals made to Health E1’s walk-in centre.

Enforcement action such as civil injunctions were only used when all other options had been exhausted, ensuring that all attempts to break the cycle between substance misuse and ASB were made.

Other results of the operation included:

  • Repairs undertaken to secure areas such as cupboards and door entry systems to prevent rough sleeping
  • Hazardous areas where fly tipping was taking place identified, cleared and action taken to prevent re-occurrence
  • 21 ‘stop and searches’ conducted resulting in 9 Civil Injunctions, 2 breaches of Civil Injunctions and 11 individuals identified for future enforcement action.

Local residents were engaged throughout the process with flyers distributed, posters put up and continuous messages of reassurance given on social media.

Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes, Susmita Sen said:

“We carried out this operation because we know how concerned our residents are about ASB and the negative impact it has on them.  Working with our partners means we can tackle the complex issues around substance misuse, cracking down on criminal behaviour whilst supporting individuals.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

‘’We know that community safety is a major concern for our residents and we are continuing to work with our partners including Tower Hamlets Homes and the Police to make our streets safer.

This targeted action to tackle drug-related anti-social behaviour is delivering results across our estates.‘’

Posted on Monday 3rd February 2020