Tackling Anti Social Behaviour: Outcome of High Street Residents Meeting and Next Steps

On Monday 15th May Cllr Clare Coghill hosted a meeting at the Blackhorse Road Baptist Church regarding anti social behaviour in the High Street area.  If you weren't able to attend, please note I also tried to capture the details of the discussion and the questions raised through a series of facebook posts which you can find here. 

Further to this meeting, residents requested the following information. Firstly, this is the latest press release from the police which gives details of developments in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Elijah Dornelly and details of two arrests that have been made that were mentioned this evening: 


Secondly, both the police and the council made a plea for residents to attend the Safer Neighbourhood Team panels and join with other local residents in getting updates on the work going on in the local area and feeding into their intelligence about crime in the area. There are two SNT panels that cover the area discussed this evening - Markhouse and High Street. Their next meetings are as follows: 

  • High Street Ward Panel- Tuesday, 23rd May, 7pm,  The Mall offices (above ASDA). The organisers have asked that if you intend to go you email them so they can make sure they are able to accommodate all attendees and suggest checking their website in case of a change of venue. 

  • Markhouse Ward Panel- Wednesday 7th June 7pm, Queens Road Adult Education Centre

You can contact your Markhouse police team and keep up with their work online using this link

You can contact your High Street police team and keep up with their work online using this link

Thirdly, residents asked what they should do if they were concerned a young person has become involved with a gang or is vulnerable to becoming involved in a gang. The meeting discussed the work of the council overseeing this, and in particular a 'bronze' referral for any such reports to be investigated. If you are concerned about a young person, you can email Wfbronze@walthamforest.gov.uk with details to request a referral be made and to ask for the matter to be followed up. 

Finally, the police have agreed to do a follow up meeting in two months time to report back on progress given the ongoing work. As well as pledging to ensure this happens myself if I am re-elected, I will make sure that all the candidates for MP for Walthamstow are aware of their offer to meet again and will request that they follow this up to arrange this meeting with you all. 

Thank you to Cllr Clare Coghill, Cllr Grace Williams and to Borough Commander Richard Tucker and Superintendent Paul Clements for their time and candour at this meeting. 

Cara Sanquest