Chickens found in flat during Collingwood Estate search

This chicken was found in a flat on the Collingwood Estate (Pic: MPS)

This chicken was found in a flat on the Collingwood Estate (Pic: MPS) - Credit: MPS

This chicken was one of 12 RSPCA officers found kept in unsuitable conditions in a flat on the Collingwood Estate.

They were discovered during a visit by Tower Hamlets Homes staff, who noticed the pets living in the lounge and on the balcony, breaching the tenant’s housing agreement.

Their removal was part of a day of action by the police’s Partnership Task Force on the Bethnal Green estate, which also found a knife and a screwdriver during a sweep of the estate and a number of small plastic bags containing drugs in a lock up.

Officers also visited the homes of people known to be involved in anti-social behaviour, issuing warnings to tenants.

Youth workers offered guidance on work and social opportunities to steer youngsters away from a life of crime. The day was organised with a range of organisations to tackle anti-social behaviour on the estate.

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Youth workers, housing officers and trading standards officers were among those visiting properties on Thursday, September 11, to help reduce crime and disorder.

The intervention was deemed a success, and Tower Hamlets Police intend to carry out further days of action across the borough in the next few months.

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