Shadow Ministers visit new Enforcement Hub in Redbridge

Monday 13 December 2021

A new police and council Enforcement Hub has opened in Manford Way, Hainault, as Redbridge Council expands its innovative approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Residents can visit the new Hub throughout the week to report instances of crime or anti-social behaviour, or for advice on prevention.

On Wednesday 1st December the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP and Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Sarah Jones MP joined the Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal and Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion, Cllr Khayer Chowdhury to officially launch the new Hub and meet with Redbridge Enforcement Officers, Police Officers, and local residents.

The Hainault Enforcement Hub was set up following a successful pilot of a Hub in York Road, Ilford, which was received positive feedback from local residents and continues to be visited frequently by residents from across the borough.

The second Enforcement Hub was established in Hainault after an evaluation of local crime data and feedback from local residents.

Cllr Jas Athwal said:

“Our Enforcement Hub project is an innovative way to make our streets safer which I am glad to see has been received so well by local people. We are committed to listening to our neighbours and they told us they wanted a more visible police and enforcement presence. Redbridge Enforcement Hubs enable the police to stay local and give residents the opportunity to pop in and speak to officers to report crimes, hear crime prevention advice and get to know their police and council enforcement officers.”

Shadow Policing Minister Sarah Jones MP said:

“I’ve travelled thousands of miles on my antisocial behaviour tour and seen first hand how a decade of cuts has broken the vital link between police and the people they serve. It’s inspiring to see that link being restored in Redbridge at the new Hainault Enforcement Hub, which puts police and council enforcement officers at the heart of the community where they belong. This is just the kind of practical, visible solution which we need to see scaled up and rolled out across the country.”

In addition to the innovative Enforcement Hub model, there also soon be more Police Officers on patrol in Redbridge as part of a drive to listen to and engage more with residents on how crime is tackled. A new council mobile CCTV van was also recently launched, to help gather evidence and deter illegal activity across the borough. 

The Hainault Enforcement Hub is located on Manford Way and is open Monday – Thursday 11am-1pm and is open Friday-Sunday at varying times, which can be found on the Redbridge Council website.

The York Road Hub is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 4.30-6.30pm. Both hubs are open to all residents of the borough to visit and speak to Police Officers and Council Enforcement Officers.