Search

Council tackles crime and anti-social behaviour in town centre as part of initiative

PUBLISHED: 07:50 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 07:50 20 March 2017

Havering Council holds its monthly day of action. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council holds its monthly day of action. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

From dangerous car racing to rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour, a multi-agency initiative is tackling the town centre’s problems head on.

Streetcare enforcement, Trading Standards and police are just some of Havering Council’s partners that work together to make Romford a safer place, by holding monthly visits to the town in a bid to deter crime.

Council officers were joined by police, community safety, street-scene, parks police and housing teams for the scheme’s first enforcement night of action.

During the evening, police were faced with groups of amateur drivers racing one another, many of who were issued with warning and dispersal orders as well as drugs warnings.

Insp John Goodwin said: “Drifting can be harmful to the environment and everyone in the locality which is why we are tackling this.

“The night of action was a great success and we hope to carry out many more which will help to solve this damaging issue in the south of the borough.”

The night of action was in addition to a two-day enforcement initiative in the town that took place on March 11 and 15.

On March 11, an arrest was made for the assault of a parks police officer at the churchyard in Romford.

This resulted in a warrant being issued as the defendant did not appear for his hearing at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Other results that came from the three enforcement days and night, included Community Protection Notices (CPNs) warnings being issued for passive begging, outreach engagement with 14 rough sleepers and engagement with 20 young people for anti-social behaviour.

During the monthly visits, three possible rough sleeping areas around Romford have been identified and are being monitored by the council’s street-scene team.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for environment, said: “While Havering is, and continues to be one of the safest parts of London, there will always be a minority who try to flout the law, and this is why we are determined to work with all of our partners including the police to improve safety across our borough through initiatives such as the days and nights of action.

“This was our first night of action and I’m pleased with the results we achieved, because we will not tolerate amateur racing in the borough.”

If you would like to report any issues in your area visit here

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

12:00

With obesity in adults and children continually rising, concerns abound not only as to the content of the food we are eating, and how active we are, but also to the medical conditions which can come on as a result.

11:21

As the dust settles on the London Marathon and participants tend to their aches and pains now is the time to acknowledge the charitable efforts of Havering’s many runners.

Major refurbishment works costing more than £1.5million have begun at a leisure centre to improve its facilities.

In an attempt to save lives and deter drivers from breaking speed limits, new sentencing guidelines came into effect yesterday.

After a busy career catching crooks a former police officer continues to make sure houses stay safe by fitting burglar alarms.

Yesterday, 16:06

A boxing legend came to Romford on Saturday and proved to be a real knockout with shoppers.

Yesterday, 16:04

Julie Marson has been announced as the Conservative candidate for Dagenham and Rainham, saying she promises to help “deliver Brexit”.

Yesterday, 14:00

Hundreds of people enjoyed the festivities as St George’s Day was celebrated across the borough.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now