Dozens arrested during community ‘week of action’ in east London

Police officers in Waltham Forest and Newham arrested 63 people during a week of action in response to issues raised by the community.

Residents may have spotted more officers out on patrol on the week of March 7 with a dedicated operation by the Met in place.

The force says 198 foot patrols were carried out with a particular focus on open spaces, near schools and in ‘areas of concern’.

During the week, 66 weapon sweeps were carried out, 63 people were arrested, 11 anti-social behaviour warnings were issued, and 47 engagement activities took place with partner agencies.

Four drug raids were also carried out, including one at an address in Forest Gate, that saw two men aged 56 and 53 bailed after being detained on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

The week coincided with International Women’s Day – officers in Highams Hill were joined by their local councillor to hold Walk and Talk events.

Across both events, officers chatted with women and community groups about how safe they perceived the area to be, the priorities they feel need addressing in their local communities, and how the police can be best directed to support them.

Faith officers also joined The Faithful Friends of Forest Gate to come together and address policing issues important to their congregations.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, in charge of policing for Newham and Waltham Forest, said: “It has never been more vital to demonstrate to our communities that the Met is here to listen to them and take action to keep them safe.

“Whilst recent events may have understandably dented the confidence the public have in us, activities such as this week of action demonstrate what we stand for. Officers have been out across the boroughs, listening residents’ concerns as well as taking robust action to keep people safe.

“This action is not a one off and the hard work continues beyond this week for us. We remain as committed as ever to making where you live as safe as possible.”

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