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Camberwell Street Drinkers. PC Tim Otway Camberwell Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team David Johnson Southwark Community Safety Team. Where is Southwark?. Camberwell . Camberwell. Community. Multi-cultural Large social housing estates High-priced privately owned homes Social deprivation

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camberwell street drinkers
Camberwell Street Drinkers

PC Tim Otway

Camberwell Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team

David Johnson

Southwark Community Safety Team



  • Multi-cultural
  • Large social housing estates
  • High-priced privately owned homes
  • Social deprivation
  • Social exclusion
  • Good community and business links
street drinkers
Street Drinkers
  • A problem in the area for over 40 years
  • Growth in numbers in last 5 years
  • Groups comprising 30 - 40
  • Associated anti-social behaviour
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Local businesses
  • Fear of crime
  • Local tenant and resident associations
  • Local traders and businesses
  • Kings College and Maudsley Hospital
  • Community council
  • High proportion homeless
  • Resident in area
  • Associated with criminal activity
  • Predominantly male
  • Mental health issues
previous interventions
Previous Interventions
  • Local Authority
  • Service providers
  • Police
initial action
Initial Action
  • Working group set up
  • Aim – to reduce the number of street drinkers
  • Partner agencies
  • Intelligence gaps identified








intelligence gaps
Intelligence Gaps
  • What made street drinking a problem in Camberwell?
  • Who were the drinkers?
  • Where were the key locations?
  • How could we find out more information?
  • Outreach workers - engaged with street drinkers to establish their issues, needs and concerns.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods team - developed intelligence gathering systems to photograph and identify individuals, log incidents of both anti-social behaviour and crime related to drinkers as perpetrators and victims.
  • Best practice – national and international.
initial findings
Initial Findings
  • Over 150 street drinkers in the area
  • Hardcore of 30 in area every day
  • Congregated in key locations
  • 9am to early evening
analysis core group
Analysis - Core Group
  • 90% white
  • 95% had housing
  • 94% lived outside area
  • 96% alcohol and drug dependant
  • 92% attended addiction services in area
  • 75% had major physical health problems
  • 50% female
  • Additional partners identified
  • Information sharing protocols developed
  • Environmental changes
  • Business ‘Radio-Link’
  • Off licenses
  • Wet centre
  • Escalating enforcement
  • Monitoring
  • Visual Audits
  • Wet centre pilot
  • Partner agencies service protocols
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts / Anti Social Behaviour Orders
  • Independent evaluation
april 2005
April 2005
  • Between March 2004 and March 2005, there were on average 50 visible street drinkers in Camberwell. The drinkers were in the area between the hours of 9am to 8pm, seven days a week.
  • Our original aim to reduce street drinking in Camberwell by 75% by our target date of April 2005 was not achieved.
dec 2005 july 2006
Dec 2005 – July 2006
  • 22 ABC’s and 6 ASBO’s serviced. Highest number of any Community Council area. All three breaches of ASBO led to custodial sentences
  • In the last quarter of 2005, there were only 5 visible street drinkers in the area, drinking on two days a week.
  • This represents not only an 89% reduction in numbers of drinkers but also a 71% reduction in frequency of drinking.
  • Drinking in groups has stopped altogether in the key locations and requests for detox from the drinkers have more than doubled. Others, for the first time in their lives, have given up drinking. 
  • This target has continued to be meet throughout 2006.
  • The Green has now become a public space reclaimed by the community
  • Won London MPS Safer Neighbourhoods Team Problem Solving Award 2006.
  • Third in Tilley Award – the National Problem Solving Award 2006
  • Presented as a part of Good practice for Beacon Award for Southwark 2005
  • Numerous good practice visits from numerous Local Government and agencies
  • One of six good practice initiatives documented in Joseph Rowntree National research on good practice on working with street drinkers
  • “It has been a privilege to be part - one of the most satisfying pieces of work I have been involved with as a councillor.” Veronica Ward, Chair of Camberwell Community Council
contact details
Contact details

PC Tim Otway

Camberwell Green Safer Neighbourhood Team

0207 232 6316

David JohnsonArea Team 525 7696 07940 565 483