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Police and Council share community safety award

Steps taken by Waltham Forest Council and Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in Walthamstow High Street and the town square have been acknowledged at a London-wide awards event.

The borough won a Bronze Award at an event celebrating projects run by the police in partnership with local communities to reduce crime and disorder.

The London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards (POP Awards), which is run by the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport for London, the Safer London Foundation and London Councils, took place at the end of November at New Scotland Yard.

Waltham Forest’s award recognises the efforts made to reduce the impact of antisocial behaviour caused by street drinkers in the high street area and reduce the demand on policing and ambulance services – in turn helping to improve the quality of life for local residents and businesses.

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “We listened to concerns raised by residents and businesses in the area and carried out a range of support, licensing and enforcement related measures to combat problems and in turn help improve the high street for the benefit of the entire Walthamstow community.

“It’s fantastic to receive this recognition but the hard work does not end there as we are committed to making our streets safer for everyone living and working in Waltham Forest.”

Support work carried out by the Council and local partners included targeted outreach support by Drug and Alcohol Services to engage with prolific street drinkers and coordination with homelessness and repatriation services.

Licensing officers at the Town Hall secured voluntary agreements with off licences not to stock cheap, high strength alcohol in areas reported as being street drinking hotspots and took enforcement action against license holders where there was evidence that individuals had been served alcohol when clearly drunk.

Waltham Forest Police used ‘pour away powers’ to disperse drinkers in high street hotspots, targeted ‘Days of Action’ were held to engage with street drinkers and, if required, civil and criminal powers such as ASBOs were used against prolific drinkers.

You can report an issue to the Council’s Community Safety team by calling 020 8496 3000. For more information about the work carried out by the team visit

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