Crime update – be vigilant in Wapping Woods

Wapping residents should be aware that there has recently been a spate of muggings in Wapping Woods. Cllr Emma Jones helped with efforts to cut back the trees, install CCTV and improve safety in the area last year so it is sad to hear of these problems. We encourage everyone to stay alert.

Local Conservative activist, Neil King, attended the recent meeting at Studio Spaces to discuss problems on Pennington Street with illegal raves and other crime. A trained barrister, Neil suggested a number of legal avenues the council might pursue over nuisance behaviour. Inspector Ryan Francis encourages all residents to report, not ignore, any incidents, including anti-social behaviour. Currently the number of incidents reported in our ward is very low, pushing us down the priority list.

Wapping resident, Julia Dockerill, recently met Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh, to raise local policing issues. She asked him how police are handling recent protests by Anjem Choudary and the EDL on Brick Lane given concerns over community tension. She also asked for greater police visibility in our ward, electoral fraud allegations in Tower Hamlets to be investigated and confirmation that the future of the Marine Policing Unit’s Wapping base is secure.

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