Street drinking reports fall

Reports of on-street drinking have fallen by 75 per cent in the last year after Tower Hamlets was named a “Responsible Drinking Borough” in September 2011.

A total of 2,146 seizures of alcohol were made between September 2011 and August 2012 – nearly 90 per cent more than in the same period the previous year.

Tower Hamlets council claims the improvements reflect the work of its Enforcement Officers (THEOs), who work with the police to combat anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Cllr Ohid Ahmed, praised the impact of the officers, who were first introduced in the borough in 2009.

“The THEOs’ quick response to street drinking incidents is helping to make the streets of Tower Hamlets a safer place”, he said.

“The majority of street drinking offences are now dealt with swiftly on the spot.”