New multi-agency task force cracks down on crime and anti-social behaviour in Ilford Town Centre

Published: 12 August 2020

A new multi-agency task force has been launched in the borough, providing a dedicated frontline team to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in and around Ilford Town Centre.

Comprising of 6 Redbridge Council Enforcement Officers and 11 police officers, the 17-strong team will provide high visibility evening and late-night patrols, seven days a week, targeting prostitution, street crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is the first task force of its kind in the borough to be sanctioned with a wider range of powers, including arrest, and will operate in addition to strengthened enforcement across Redbridge.

The team, which is jointly funded by the Council and the Police, will provide an immediate response to illegal activity, cracking down on aggressive begging, street scammers, bogus traders, street drinkers and late night anti-social behaviour. 

The officers will also focus on Ilford Lane to help tackle prostitution and pop-up brothels in the area.

Working closely with the council’s CCTV team, licensing enforcement, and other enforcement units, the dedicated task force is an additional support to the borough’s already established Neighbourhood Teams, who carry out various enforcement action, throughout the borough.

Leader of the Council Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority for our council and local people. We’re committed to investing in extra resources on the frontline of the fight against criminal behaviour. 

“The team are now patrolling our streets, increasing our capacity to address some of the biggest concerns in our community.

“They also have greater powers to help stamp out the illegal elements in and around Ilford Town Centre – making them a unique asset to our borough.”

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