Behind the Headlines: Battling bad behaviour

Families have the right to live in a safe environment away from the threat of gang related crime.

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Our priority is the safety of our residents and their families. We take a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and gang violence and will take all necessary steps to ensure this activity is removed from our estates.

Hyde’s specialist ASB team was launched in January 2017 following a review of the service with residents, staff and external agencies. Over the last year, the team has dealt with more than 2,000 cases, significantly improved case outcomes and has been instrumental in tackling criminal activities in local communities.

Working in partnership with external agencies and sharing information with our partners is vital in addressing ASB issues. The work we have done and continue to do in Stockwell with the Metropolitan Police is a shining example of this.

In February 2018, following a joint operation with the Met Police, Hyde served six tenants from the Stockwell Gardens and Studley Estates in South London with notices seeking possession. These notices are Hyde’s first step in bringing legal tenancy enforcement action against individuals who have been making the local community unsafe through serious criminal activities.

Police Constable, Antony Knapman, said: “We convicted nine males of multiple counts of supplying Class A drugs in the local area, recovered approximately £80,000 worth of drugs and issued custodial sentences ranging between 28 months to eight years in prison for all the adults involved.

“We have worked very closely with Hyde’s ASB team to successfully ban these individuals from the Stockwell area, and Hyde has served these notices to permanently deal with problematic tenants.

“The criminal group involved in the drug supply offences has been linked to serious offences involving knife and gun crime in London.

“By working in partnership, we are providing a long-term solution and one that we hope the Stockwell community will see the benefits of for many years to come.”

The ASB team works closely with Hyde’s community investment department, Hyde Foundation, on proactive activities aimed to reduce ASB issues in identified neighbourhoods. Building the resilience of individuals and communities is a key part of achieving this.

Last summer, the Hyde Foundation worked in partnership with the Jason Roberts Foundation to deliver a night-time university for young people in Stonebridge, Brent.

Following on from the success of this pilot, Hyde will be delivering the project in Bermondsey Spa this summer after a number of crimes took place in the area last year.

Our powers in dealing with criminal activities in our neighbourhoods may be limited, but our commitment to making them safer is not.

By sharing information, working in partnership with external agencies and pursuing initiatives that invest in our young residents, we are providing positive opportunities that we hope will make a real, sustainable difference to everyone who lives in our communities.

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