Housing group commended for battling prostitution on Bethnal Green estate

A housing organisation battling against the rising tide of prostitution and drug-dealing on a Bethnal Green estate have had their achievements formally recognised.

One Housing Group received a special commendation at the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) Awards on Wednesday, for its anti-social behaviour team’s efforts on the Flower and Dean estate.

Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a vice group was set up to patrol the area at night after residents voiced their concerns in May 2012.

Increased lighting on the estate and the removal of low-hanging trees as part of a wide-ranging action plan have also helped to create a safer environment for those living in the area, near to Brick Lane.

Catherine Kyne, director of housing operations, said: “We are very proud of the work that our team have been doing in partnership with the police and the borough.

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“By working together we have been able to significantly decrease the number of issues reported. “We will continue to work together to tackle the issues and make the area an enjoyable and safe place for our residents to live.”

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