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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.”

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