Nitrous Oxide

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laughing-matterOn Tuesday 21st May, 3 shop workers from the Tanim Superstore E14 were convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court for supplying Psychoactive Nitrous Oxide gas canisters to young children. They have been sentenced to a total of 28 months imprisonment (suspended).

The Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee revoked the alcohol licence for the store last October, following an application to review the licence by the Met Police. This was as a result of the Police and Council finding the premises selling canisters of laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) believed to be for inhalation. It is illegal to sell Nitrous Oxide, for inhalation under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. There is also the issue of associated antisocial behaviour such as litter attributed to its use as a recreational drug.

Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Tower Hamlets Police, and Tower Hamlets Homes has a campaign to help tackle some of the problems caused by nitrous oxide called “No Laughing Matter”.  For more information on the campaign, follow this link

Report it!

  • To report a licensed premises (i.e a shop that sells alcohol) email: Licensing@towerhamlets.gov.uk
  • To report other retail outlets, email: tradingstandards@towerhamlets.gov.uk
  • To report the clear up of nitrous oxide canisters, complete a ‘Report waste and street cleaning’ form via this link
  • Use the Love Your Neighbourhood App, which enables the public to instantly report cleansing issues to the Council. Users can simply take a picture i.e disposed nitrous oxide canisters and the app will pinpoint the location and send the details directly to the environmental contractors, ensuring the problem is dealt with swiftly. The App can be found on the Apple App Store (IPhone Users) and Google Play (Android Users)
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Gangs, Youth Violence and Knife Crime Community Event

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13th June 2019
5pm – 8pm
Aviva Digital Garage, 33-35 Hoxton Square, Hackney, N1 6NN

This is a joint event for Tower Hamlets and Hackney

This community event will provide information on Gangs, Youth Violence and Knife Crime in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. The event is open to young people, local residents, local businesses and parents, carers or guardians of young people who want information or support.
It is our aim to raise awareness of the current youth violence landscape in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, discuss risk factors and look at ways to keep young people safe.
In attendance will be representatives from the Metropolitan Police and the Voluntary Sector across Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

How to supply pictorial evidence for neighbourhood watchers

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When you get the opportunity to safely obtain pictorial evidence of events like

  • drug dealing
  • evidence other crime
  • other ASB
  • prostitution
  • any other ongoings that concern you

Please report this online at the Met Police website and you will immediately receive a CAD number. Use this CAD number and include as reference to email your picture(s) to your local SNT contacts.

The Met Police website will also give you advice to call 999 in urgent ongoing cases. Please always note down the CAD number of your report and if necessary pass this on to detectives with your evidence.

Please report matters to do with rough sleeping to Street link and download their app. or use their website to refer rough sleepers.

Wireless headphones

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Thieves are currently targeting owners of wireless headphones and snatch them off their heads.

Large and small headphones are targeted.

Be aware who is around you as there have been more than 28 snatches of wireless headphones in the area recently.

You can report the thefts or concerns online or dial 999 in an emergency.

Community engagement event

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Discussion, exploration and explanation of

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) and drug dealing.

This evening is hosted by the Metropolitan Police and open to all who are interested. There is no need to register in advance.

Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 18:00

Police seminar

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“Investigation and forensics, a partnership for success”

Public event about

  • violent, acquisitive crime and
  • child sexual exploitation

to include presentations by the

  • police officers
  • detectives
  • crime scene examiners

Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU
Wednesday 27. March 2019 from 17:30 – 19:30

This event is open to the public, no pre-registration necessary.

domestic abuse workshops

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The Metropolitan Police runs 2 public workshops on the issue.

  1. 14. March 2019, 5-8pm, Aviva Digital Garage, 33-35 Hoxton Square,  N1 6NN
  2. 3. April 2019, 5-8pm, The Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU.

THE FOCUS OF THIS EVENT WILL BE:
 Explain how domestic abuse is investigated by the Police.
 Discuss how victims of domestic abuse are supported.
 Provide information on injunctions and court orders.
GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
 Various representatives from the Police including the
Safeguarding Unit.
 A specialist Domestic Abuse Court Coordinator.

Inside Out

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tonight, 14. January 2019, 19:30, BBC 1,  there is a BBC documentary on the popular program Inside Out, covering drug dealing problems in Tower Hamlets and what the police and residents do about it.

Neighbourhood Watch always supported that residents gather and supply evidence to the police to help combat problems. That is in fact the only way forward to improve the situation.

The report will in particular feature residents in Bethnal Green and Wapping.