Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has welcomed news that Essex Police have launched an operation targeting crime and anti-social behaviour in the Chafford Hundred area.
In just the first three weeks of the operation, which was launched on 8 July, 2019, officers have arrested two people for carrying knives, a further four for drug dealing, with further arrests having been made for drug possession and driving while disqualified. Officers have also seized two vehicles from drivers who did not have insurance.
Cllr Gledhill said: “This operation shows that Essex Police are taking the concerns of the community in Chafford Hundred seriously and are taking action to arrest those committing crimes in the area.
“This targeted operation has only be running for a matter of weeks and it has already achieved some fantastic results.
“It sends a clear message that crime and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets.
“This is just the start and as the operation progresses we expect to see many more excellent results like those we have seen already.
“However, as with everything the police can only work with the intelligence supplied by residents. If anyone sees or is a victim of crime they need to contact 999 in an emergency or 101 if it is not urgent. Equally you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information which will be passed onto the police.”
District commander Chief Inspector Claire Talbot said: “This is a great example of the strong partnership work we carry out with Thurrock Council to tackle knife crime, drug related crime and anti-social behaviour in the district.
“Working together we are able to ensure that we can deal with the issues in a number of ways to ensure there is a combination of enforcement, education and prevention.”
Seven new police officers started their new roles in the borough last Monday, 22 July and since then they have arrested and charged two men on suspicion of drink-driving, and another man with theft, after responding to reports of a shoplifting while they were on patrol.
Cllr Gledhill, continued: “It’s great to see that the new officers patrolling Grays, South Ockendon and Stanford-le-Hope are really showing their worth with three arrests
“These patrols should reassure residents that we and Essex Police take crime and anti-social behaviour very seriously and we will come down with the full force of the law on anyone committing offences in our borough.
“These seven new officers are a welcome presence on our streets. They not only provide a visible deterrent they are already having a real impact on making our town centres safer.
“In addition to these new officers, we have also committed to spending £1 million over the next three years to tackle antisocial behaviour and serious violence across the whole of the borough.
I will also be talking with Essex Police about the possibility of extending the scheme to provide a team for Tilbury town centre as well.”