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Newham After Dark: Engaging Eastern European Communities to Tackle Problems in the Night Time Economy. Detective Inspector John Cushion Violent Crime Unit Metropolitan Police: Newham. Newham: Who we are and what’s it like there? Introduction: What is Newham After Dark?

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Newham After Dark:

Engaging Eastern European Communities to Tackle Problems in the Night Time Economy

Detective Inspector John Cushion

Violent Crime Unit

Metropolitan Police: Newham



Newham
Newham

  • East-end of London

  • Olympic 2012 Borough

  • Ethnically Diverse

  • Numerous social problems, alcohol is just one of them!

  • Numerous Pubs and Many Fast food outlets and Night Clubs

  • Major Transport Hub through Stratford, links Docklands with London and London with Essex and East Anglia.

  • Previously had highest Alcohol related Hospital Admissions rate in London, perceptions of crime 2nd highest in the UK (Blackpool beat us!)


  • Key activities:

    • Licensing Database and Policy Reviews

    • Increased police presence on a weekend night

    • Arrest days – including fast food outlets!

    • Links with the Traffic team for drink driving

    • Leaflets Translated into Lithuanian

    • Overt Videoing

    • Proactive Licensing Team to tackle poor performance, license regulation problems, door staff, environmental issues (eg…. Space for drinkers)


Lithuanians in newham
Lithuanians In Newham

  • Statistics have shown that the second highest population of those people attending ED for assault were from Eastern Europe, a large number of these were Lithuanian.

  • Pattern of drinking in the culture is that of drinking strong spirits with a suggestion of binge drinking in Lithuania.

  • This has carried on in Newham

  • Large population situated in the Borough, including Lithuanian Church and newspapers.

  • Engagement vital to control the drinking habits.


What we did
What we did:

  • Engaged the local Lithuanian Community Groups;

  • Developed stronger links between British police and the community;

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting lead by a Lithuanian Resident specifically for members of that community;

  • Kickz programme with Basketball as this is the main sport in Lithuania, linking with the drugs teams and police service;

  • Working with Lithuanian Press in London to reduce advertising of squats and illegal activities;

  • Engaging with the Lithuanian police force and Europol;

  • Employ officers from the Lithuanian community;

  • Engage the local church to develop Lithuanian Street Pastors Team.


Cumulative impact assessment
Cumulative Impact Assessment

Work continues to make Newham safer for all, and this week have had the Cumulative Impact Assessment Authorised and put through, allowing us to cut down on the number of off licenses operating in the borough.


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