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Four arrests after anti-social behaviour operation in Barking

The operation was planned following an increase in crime in the town centre, particularly near the Station (credit: Google Maps)

Four arrests have been made after a two-day operation in Barking Town Centre.

Police and council officers teamed up last week on Monday, 13 July and Tuesday 14, July in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

A dispersal zone, extra patrols, issuing of anti-social behaviour tickets and intelligence gatherings were implemented during the afternoon and evenings.

Seven dispersals from Barking Town Centre were issued on Monday.

This meant anyone behaving disorderly within the area or likely to behave in an anti-social way would be requested to leave for 48 hours.

If they returned within that time, they would be arrested.

Two arrests were made; one for common assault and the other for assault on an emergency worker.

There were two ‘merlins’, where the police report a vulnerable person to relevant partners as well as several alcohol seizures.

Another three dispersals took place on Tuesday and two people were arrested for breaching dispersal orders. There were also more alcohol seizures.

The operation, planned by the Barking Town Centre Neighbourhood Team, was the first one of many after an increase in crime in the town centre, particularly at the Station.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community said: “It really is so important that the council and police work together to counter crime in the borough and these joint operations will definitely help towards that.

“We know that unfortunately Barking Town Centre can be a hot spot for anti-social behaviour, and I’m pleased these operations have been put in place so we can crack down on people who feel it is okay to cause problems on our high streets and in our town centres.”

More operations are to be planned over the next few months.

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