Newham parks targeted to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour

Newham Council has launched a crackdown on groups of youths committing crime and anti-social behaviour in parks.

Enforcement officers, working in tandem with the council’s Parks department, have carried out a large-scale operation to cut back hedges and bushes and repair fencing. It is designed to stop criminal behaviour like drug dealing.

Stratford Park was targeted by enforcement officers who will soon be focusing on other parks.

They are also issuing Acceptable Behaviour Notices (ABNs), spelling out that a zero-tolerance approach is being adopted in the borough’s parks.

Councillor Unmesh Desai, Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour at Newham Council, said: “Crime and anti-social behaviour in any shape or form is totally unacceptable. We simply will not stand for it. Criminal groups hanging around in parks are in for the shock of their lives. This is all about making park spaces better places for our residents and tackling crime head on.”

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