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‘Enough is enough’: Gants Hill residents demand immediate action to halt anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 May 2018

The area around an alleyway on Gaysham Avenue Gants Hill where drug dealing and other antisocial behaviour has reportedly been taking place

The area around an alleyway on Gaysham Avenue Gants Hill where drug dealing and other antisocial behaviour has reportedly been taking place

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Residents of one Gants Hill street that has been plagued by anti-social behaviour for years are calling for the authorities to take immediate action and stamp out the problem once and for all.

Anti-social behaviour down the alleyways off Gaysham Avenue has been a problem residents have been trying to highlight for years, but in the wake of yet another police call-out late on Monday, April 30, they are once again calling for action.

One long-suffering resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It is becoming unbearable now. We’ve had troublemakers and litterers coming down here for years and enough is enough.

“The police and the council have had long enough to get something done about it, but nothing has changed.

“It’s time someone stood up and actually did something for a change.”

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called to the road at 9.50pm on Monday to reports of anti-social behaviour.

Officers attended the scene and spoke to the victim, but no suspects were found and no arrests made.

The police’s enquiries continue.

There have been concerns about public safety and anti-social behaviour down the road for many years.

In November 2016, Redbridge Council’s overview committee heard testimony from one resident who claimed public urination, illegal parking and littering down the alleyway was making life miserable.

At the time, possible solutions discussed by councillors included installing a permanent CCTV camera looking into the alleyway, or installing a gate barring anyone but keyholders access.

Sadly, none of these solutions ever materialised.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman confirmed the local authority was also aware of residents’ problems, and had been working with the police to attempt to find a solution.

She said: “We are working hard with the local police to respond to reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

“A number of measures have been taken to hel p combat the problem including installing street lighting and increased patrols by the police.

“Installing a gate in the alleyway would help but unfortunately this has not been possible as not all residents have agreed to it being installed.

“We need unanimous agreement to install gates.

“The council advises that any residents experiencing anti- social behaviour should call our Hotline on 0208 478 4679 or the 101 non- emergency police number.”


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