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Community Safety surgery and walkabout to stop crime and ASB

Tower Hamlets Council hosted a community safety surgery and walkabout in Bow West this morning (Friday, March 13) to help stop crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

It was the 13th in a series of interactive events held across the borough to raise awareness of community safety issues.

Organised by Tower Hamlets Council, the walkabouts and surgeries bring councillors, police officers and professionals together to explore local crime and ASB issues and how best to address them.

The surgeries and walkabouts have been led by Cllr Ohid Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, in conjunction with the police.

The Bow West surgery was followed by a walkabout in the local area, where Cllr Ahmed was joined by new Metropolitan Police borough Commander Andy Ewing, the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers (THEOs).

Also in attendance were the council’s outreach and youth workers as well as Tower Hamlets Homes, Peabody Trust and Circle Old Ford Housing.

The walkabout visited areas where ASB and crime issues have been reported around Heylyn Square, Guerin Square, Tredeger Square and the Haverfield Road area of Mile End Park.

The events are being held in response to concerns of residents about crime and ASB, and hope to increase confidence in the police and council dealing with these issues.

Cllr Ohid Ahmed, cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “The third series of walkabouts is proving a real success and it was great to see the issues around Bow West this morning. Since the first walkabouts were held we have seen the number of resident concerns around crime drop significantly.”

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