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Could you be a police cadet? The Volunteer Police Cadets is a uniformed voluntary youth organisation, which is supported by the Metropolitan Police. Memebership is open to young people aged 13 -18. call pc steve austin on 07917 232706 Working together The Partnership Task Force was set up in 2011 to tackle anti-social behaviour, drug issues and criminal incidents. see below News Drive to tackle drugs is proving successful BY POPPY TURNER DRUGS worth thousands of pounds have been seized over the last month as part of the council’s continued drive to arrest a dealer a day. Recent raids in Stepney and the Isle of Dogs have led to the seizure of heroin, cocaine and cannabis with a street value of more than £6,000. On July 28, police officers from the Partnership Task Force (PTF) were on patrol in the area of Trafalgar Gardens in Stepney when a resident approached them with concerns about youths loitering in the children's park. The officers patrolled the park and moved several people on, before completing a ‘sweep’ of the area during which they found several potential weapons Some of the items found during one of the sweeps and a blue cigarette packet containing 28 wraps of heroin and cocaine hidden in the bushes. On August 1, PTF officers with a drugs warrant raided a property at Dartmoor Walk on the Isle of Dogs where they found £6,000 of suspected class A drugs in a safe, along with a quantity of class B drugs and cannabis. A dog, suspected to be dangerous, was also seized by police dog handlers. Two men aged 36 and an 18- year-old woman were arrested in connection with the drugs offences and released on bail. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “I know that residents want the council and police to work together to stamp out drug dealing and bring drug dealers to justice, and these latest raids and patrols are part of our continuing efforts to do just that.” Also this month, Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers (THEOs) have continued sniffer dog drugs patrols in areas which residents have highlighted as drug dealing hotspots. Most recently the patrols have resulted in the detection and seizure of two quantities of cannabis, in Cruse House, Poplar High Street, E14 and Kerry House, Sidney Street, E1. Cllr Ohid Ahmed, cabinet YOUNG people from three police cadet units in the borough were presented with awards at an end of term ceremony attended by guests including borough police commander Dave Stringer, Mayor Lutfur Rahman and Cllr Maium Miah (pictured). Cadets received awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, St John’s First Aid and community sport leaders. Cadet Frankie Cenci, who won an award for working the most hours and supporting the local community, said receiving an award was a great surprise. “We all love being cadets,” he said. A new junior cadet unit for young people aged between ten and 13 is scheduled to start in September at the East London Mosque, Whitechapel. To join or for further information about police cadets, email PC Steve Austin at stephen.austin@met. pnn.police.uk member for community safety, added: “Reports from residents provide crucial intelligence that we can use to target our operations against drug dealers. “I encourage residents to play their part and keep on reporting any suspicious activity to us.” U n d e r t h e D e a l e r a Day initiative, the council and police are to working together to arrest at least 365 drug dealers every year – amounting to at least one every day. The PTF is a council initiative under which the council funds extra police officers, and tasks them to tackle key issues of importance to residents such as drugs, gangs and vice. Residents are encouraged to report drug dealing and misuse, or any suspicious activity, to the police nonemergency number on 101. Police seize cannabis POLICE have seized a quantity of drugs after they searched an address in Clark Street, Stepney on August 6. Police and council officers from the Tower Hamlets Partnership Task Force (PTF), seized a large quantity of plastic bags (pictured) containing what is believed to be herbal cannabis with an estimated value of £1,000, found in a bedroom safe. Police also removed cash and electronic weighing scales from the property. A 23-year-old woman was arrested on August 8 on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and has been bailed to return to an east London police station at the end of September pending further enquiries. Afsor Ali Jailed over terror threat A MAN who promoted extremism online and warned viewers not to attend the royal wedding because of a threatened terror attack has been jailed for 31 months. Afsor Ali, aged 27, of Scott Street, Bethnal Green, was found guilty of three counts of possession of records containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for an act of terrorism. At the start of his trial, Ali admitting possessing another person’s UK passport, after he was detained at St Pancras station on March 24, on his way to Paris. The court also heard Ali promoted extremism using the name Asad Ullah. 18 – 24 AUGUST 2014 N E W S F R O M TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 7


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