Brick Lane gets spruced up in Curry Mile crackdown
PUBLISHED: 15:35 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010
THE famous Brick Lane in London’s East End got a wash and brush up’ when police and local authority officials began a bid to stamp out crime and grime. Officers seized the opportunity to clean up the Curry Mile’ by swooping on illegal activities last Thursday.
By Victoria Huntley
THE famous Brick Lane in London's East End got a 'wash and brush up' when police and local authority officials began a bid to stamp out crime and grime.
Officers seized the opportunity to clean up the 'Curry Mile' by swooping on illegal activities last Thursday.
Cops took statements from people about anti-social behaviour while police cadets were sent on an operation to catch out people selling alcohol to under 18s.
Acting Supt Rob Revill said: "We are working with the local authority to make sure Brick Lane, one of London's great tourist and cultural attractions, maintains its safe and relaxed environment, balanced against the rights of residents to feel safe in their homes and surrounding streets."
Three businesses were allegedly found selling alcohol to under 18s.
Graffiti and fly posters were removed from walls by Tower Hamlets council. Two fixed penalty notices were issued for littering and free 'stubbies', sealed pouches for disposing of cigarette ends, were handed out.
Council staff inspected all restaurants and bars to make they were all 'smoke free' while leaflets on being 'aware of pickpockets' were handed out.
Cops and council officials also swooped on illegal car parking, untaxed cars, with one abandoned car taken away.
Staff from two businesses were also caught by undercover surveillance throwing illegal waste into dust carts.
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