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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Tackling street behaviour

News   •   Oct 26, 2010 12:34 BST

A joint two day operation to tackle street drinkers, drug users and migrants took place in Tower Hamlets last week.

Tower Hamlets Council’s funded police officers, the Joint Enforcement Team (JET), along with officers from the Drug Alcohol Outreach Team took to the streets to direct people to support services and crack down on bad behaviour.

Focusing on anti-social behaviour hotspots, the officers carried out regular patrols around Cavell Street, Frank Dobson Square, Sydney Street, Sydney Gardens and Cambridge Heath Road. During the operation they spoke to 38 individuals, four of these are now receiving support for substance misuse, five rough sleepers where put in contact with homeless teams and two people were reconnected with existing services.

The details of 13 migrants from Eastern Europe were collected and passed onto the UK Boarder Agency. They are currently carrying out work into Eastern European rough sleepers as there are limited support services available for this group as many are not eligible for public funds.

Andy Bamber, Head of Community Safety at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “This is the first of a number of operations that we will be carrying out in partnership with Tower Hamlets Police to tackle anti-social behaviour on our streets.

“Enforcement activity is not enough in many of these cases and that is why our officers are out on the street talking to these individual and offering support. This leads to long term solutions that address the problems at their heart.”

The council now operates a monthly Care Planning Meeting with partners including the police and NHS. This means that individuals can be monitor and the right solutions and support options can be offered to help them move away from the borough’s streets.

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