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Sex workers and drug users who were “making life a misery” for residents in Stratford have been targeted in a council crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Last week police and officers from Newham council patrolled the Romford Road area after more than a year of complaints from home owners.
Police arrested four people for drug possession and issued three penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) and six community protection warnings (CPWs) during the two-day operation.
Councillor James Beckles, cabinet member for crime and community safety, said: “With the support of residents, our officers have been able to lead a compassionate but proportionate enforcement operation to improve the neighbourhood. This kind of high visibility operation brings reassurance and puts residents in direct contact with council officers, improving intelligence and building relationships.”
However, some home owners says the measures have still not gone far enough.
Residents who live in six new build three-storey town houses in Worland Road, purchased with help from Newham Council’s NewShare homeowner scheme, say they are still powerless to stop prostitutes and drug dealers using their car park as a meeting place.
Robert Kuszneruk, who lives in Worland Road, said: “Sadly it didn’t help our situation. Unless the problem is tackled with a physical barrier of some sort, it will never leave our estate.”
Residents are meeting with councillors again next month.
A council spokes person said: “The aim of the operation was to provide visible reassurance patrols to engage with the local community, use appropriate and proportionate enforcement tactics where offenders were identified and offer referrals for vulnerable people requiring support in relation to drug taking and sex working.”