On Saturday local residents were able to get more than their shopping from Roman Road market. In Gladstone Place, were a number of stalls, with representatives from the Council, the ASB team, the Dog Wardens, as well as members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
I was along supporting the police stall and helping them give out their goodies! Residents were able to pick up a variety of items: door chains; UV markers for bikes and electrical goods; things to put on your drinks to stop them being spiked. Additionally, there were fridge magnets and cards with contact details for the SNT team; as well as the new non-emergency number that is available to contact the police.
It was a great chance for residents to meet their local neighbourhood officers, and we were also joined by the Sergeant from Bow West, who fielded questions from Bow West residents.
The Police also were able to give out advice, and hear directly from residents as to ongoing issues. Sgt Tony Mohan was leading from the forefront, handing out goodies and advice, as well as helping with issues that arose on the day with local drunks, issues in shops and matters raised by businesses and residents. It was a good opportunity for one of our new officers (Tony Harris) who has been with the team for a fortnight, to meet local residents.
Also on hand were two performers from the Arc Theatre, who did a number of performances highlighting the need for communication and understanding particularly between the older and younger generations. Cliff and TJ did a fantastic job, and the Arc Theatre generally does some very good work. See here for further details.