Six hours of unchecked anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Wapping Rose Gardens yesterday effectively denied one of Wapping’s green spaces to ordinary law-abiding people.
Despite repeated calls by a resident to 101 reporting the ASB there was no action by the Metropolitan Police or Tower Hamlets Council.
From one pm to seven pm the three suspects played loud techno music, enjoyed getting drunk (then drunker) while smoking drugs and, if previous behaviour is any guide, making lewd comments to any women who had the temerity to be in the park.
Moley paid a visit to Wapping Gardens today and guess what he found? Watch the video. And remember this is just one person.
Can you imagine what is what like yesterday with this guy and his mates?
“It’s their own personal park”
All Wapping residents should be grateful to local resident Davie Coleman who did his best to get yesterday’s ASB stopped but without success.
@LoveWapping @MPSTowerHam lovely start of summer in wapping. Like clockwork semi naked guy back in wapping rose garden drinking and smoking weed playing banging techno music. Park cleared. Complain to police no one ever comes. Just awaiting the helium sniffers now. #wapping
— Davie Coleman (@weedaviecoleman) April 18, 2018
To make matters worse these same people have been indulging in the same type of anti-social behaviour in the same place for years.
@TowerHamletsNow hi where can you report people playing banging techno, drinking and smoking drugs in one of your parks? wapping rose garden?
— Davie Coleman (@weedaviecoleman) April 18, 2018
LW knows because we have reporting them along with many others.
And nothing happens. Not. One. Thing.
ASB problem in Wapping has not changed
Both the Labour party and the Conservative party are campaigning on promises along the lines of ‘vote for us and we will sort out ASB!’
Which is obviously complete nonsense because Labour and Conservative councillors have represented Wapping at Tower Hamlets council for the last four years.
And the ASB problem has not changed one little bit. Not one iota.
Seems fair then to conclude that neither Conservative or Labour are capable of sorting out ASB so maybe their Wapping representatives should both be kicked out at the election?
Wapping residents do not know that the alternative candidates will be any better than our current councillors.
We do know that Labour and Conservatives are not up to the job because we just need to look around (or walk our kids in the park).
Here are St. Katharine’s Dock and Wapping choices
Local election candidates for St. Katharine's and Wapping ward
|MAMUN Mohammad Abdullah Al||Aspire|
|KING Neil Anthony||Conservative Party|
|FINLAYSON Kirsty Miranda||Conservative Party|
|CROWSTON Robert Edward||Green Party|
|JONES Denise||Labour Party|
|ULLAH Abdal||Labour Party|
|O`SHEA Stephen John Ross||Liberal Democrat|
|CAHILL Marie Elizabeth||Liberal Democrat|
|BEGUM Masuma||People`s Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH)|
One of our beautiful Wapping parks is taken over by three drunks who then proceed to turn it into a toxic environment completely unchallenged by those who claim to be in charge is proof of this.
Hermitage Gardens being turned into another ASB party and a no-go zone for residents after dark is more of the same.
The MPS can be thankful they are not up for election as well. Not attending an ASB incident for an hour or two is permissible, the police have to prioritise scarce resources.
Not attending an ASB incident for six hours is inexcusable. We hope our local policing ward panel will investigate this.
The MPS also tweeted that sometimes they send plain-clothes officers to reports of ASB so that is why the residents making the complaint had not seen them.
@weedaviecoleman we will often despatch a plain-clothes unit to calls such as this, so you may think Police have not attended your previous calls but they may well have done.
Naturally we have to prioritise calls, so may not attend immediately.
Please DM us details.
— Tower Hamlets – Central East BCU (@MPSTowerHam) April 18, 2018
Seriously? Really? Tower Hamlets police should know better than to ask residents to believe this. Or that we would not ask this question: “Er… if a plain-clothes unit attended Wapping Gardens yesterday why did they not do anything?”
All the coppers LW knows would have sorted this ASB out in an instant, be they in uniform or not.
Vote different in local elections
LW urges residents across Tower Hamlets to do the same thing. Have the councillors who have been in power for the last four years done a good job? Have they changed your ward for the better?
Yes? Then vote for them.
No? Then vote for someone else.
Vote different people. Vote for change. Give other politicians a chance.
Voters need to ask themselves how many meetings they have attended when we have been promised action on ASB? What has happened? Not a damn thing.
LW for one has no interest in attending more meetings during the next four years which will achieve nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Zero.
No bleating please
No doubt the wannabe politicians will be bleating as soon as they read this and various phone calls, emails and tweets will be coming our way.
Please don’t bother. We are not interested. You need to convince the voters, not us.
In Wapping there has been no change in ASB. Many think it has got worse. LW agrees.
If neither Labour or Conservatives councillors can get a grip on this then they don’t deserve the votes of a single resident.
Who voters choose to replace them is not our concern.
In the meantime if you see ASB in Wapping dial it in to 101. And keep on dialling it in until you get action.
You can also report ASB to the council on its Anti-Social Behaviour page (the link is right at the bottom).