Below are the notes from the last Police Ward panel meeting held on 24th April 2013 which I could not attend due to a business meeting. However Police Sergeant (PS) Jak Bentley who heads the Wapping Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) forwarded these notes of the meeting to publish.
PS Bentley – there was a drugs warrant executed in Eluna Buildings where cannabis was being grown. 3 x persons arrested and awaiting court date.
Wapping ward problems
Burglary dwelling – there have been 6 in the months of March and April. Wapping SNT has identified two burglars through investigations and one has been remanded in custody.
Drugs – There have been 4 arrests in Wapping for drugs. Waterman Way has been patrolled and there have been no arrests of persons stopped for drugs so far.
Robbery – there have been 2 robberies through Wapping Woods where an arrest has been made. Since the arrest there have been no more robberies in this area.
We do not have the results for Theft from Motor Vehicle this will be given on the next meeting.
Wapping ward is in the top three safest places to live in London according to crime rates and ASB reported to the police. [The top two are somewhere posh like Kensington.]
Denise Jones – The council are fixing the lighting in Spirit Quay and Tobacco Dock.
Mark Baynes’ [aka Love Wapping] concerns via email are as follows:
- People drinking in public as the whether improves is likely to increase.
- People have little to no faith in the 101 system. It is not being used to its real potential and a leaflet drop should be considered to raise awareness.
Problems caused by groups drinking in public spaces
PS Bentley explains to the meeting that Tower Hamlets has imposed a no drinking zone for the whole of Tower Hamlets and this will be used where necessary with regard to noise or nuisance caused by youths drinking in public areas.
It will be used at the discretion of each officer rather than a blanket zero tolerance enforcement.
PS Bentley gave his rationale for this as many responsible people may share a glass of wine or beer in a public space during the summer months without any issues at all and this power was not envisaged to prevent them from doing so, but it is a valuable tool that will be used where appropriate.
PS Bentley talked about the London Police Model.
A future meeting will be arranged to address how the London Police Model will benefit the residents in Wapping. [See my post on this here.]
The next ward meeting will be arranged after the LPM goes live on the 24th June 2013.