Moves by Tower Hamlets council to target extremism and child sex abuse

Tower Hamlets Town Hall and (inset) Mayor John Biggs

Tower Hamlets Town Hall and (inset) Mayor John Biggs - Credit: Archant

A new strategy to tackle extremist radicalisation, child sex abuse and youth violence on the streets of London’s East End is being set up by Tower Hamlets Council.

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The programme launched by Mayor John Biggs this week involves intervention and enforcement agencies with the aim to “protect youngsters from all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse”.

The strategy tackles disruptive or possibly criminal activities in public places and targets violence against women and girls, child sexual exploitation, links to radical extremism and hate crime, as well as issues connected with alcohol and drugs.

“Those who inflict violence or hate crime on people who work, live or visit the East End won’t be tolerated,” the Mayor warned.

“We’ll do all we can to make sure this remains a safe and cohesive place for all our communities.”

The strategy also has tough new enforcement and intervention measures against “those who persist in anti-social or exploiting behaviour”.

Options will be offered to ex-offenders to change their lifestyle such as help with employment, housing and health including substance misuse.

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Deputy Mayor for Community Affairs Shiria Khatun said: “This will add resources to safeguarding young people and help make our communities safer.”

The intervention involves intelligence data from the police, NHS, housing and other agencies to prevent youngsters experiencing or “perpetrating” youth violence in a bid to help stop “situations” escalating.

Tower Hamlets already has a ‘Family Wellbeing’ programme to safeguard welfare of children, young people and families, which involves data and intelligence sharing to meet the needs of vulnerable families swiftly.