Waltham Abbey: Disruptor Team patrols Hillhouse
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Our new west Disruptor Team have been patrolling the Hillhouse area of Waltham Abbey after local residents raised concerns about antisocial behaviour, drug dealing and knife crime.
The team were successful in apprehending two youths suspected of involvement in the supply of drugs and entered an address believed to be used by drug dealers.
Officers also handed out leaflets to local people and business owners containing information of who to contact if they have concerns about illegal activity.
The west Disruptor Team is one of three in Essex working to prevent, investigate and tackle organised criminal activity and behaviour that impacts local communities.
Our officers are working with other local and specialist teams to have a disruptive effect on crime and antisocial behaviour at a neighbourhood level to keep communities safe and bring offenders to justice.
Sergeant James Bull helped establish the Disruptor teams and led the activity at Hillhouse. He explained the increased police presence in the area.
“We’ve had reports of knife crime, antisocial behaviour and drug supply (at Hillhouse), and officers from the Community Policing Team and the Serious Violence Unit arrested a suspect just before the weekend who was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply.
“These are serious issues affecting the quality of life of people who live there so we are intensifying activity to reassure the local community.
“The aims of Disruptor are to tackle the non-County Line drug supply, high-harm antisocial behaviour, and disrupt burglary and organised crime. We will be encouraging and developing the reporting of community intelligence and will have the ability to provide enforcement action.”
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan joined the team on the patrol in Waltham Abbey and wants to encourage everyone to engage with their local officers.
She said: “We want to hear from communities across Essex. Tell us what is happening in your area because the more information we have, the better we can respond to your concerns.
“We’ve set-up Disruptor teams to tackle street-level issues that blight areas and can lead to more serious crime. The teams will be moving around the county to support the officers already working in local areas.
“If you are worried about criminal activity and antisocial behaviour in your community, tell your local policing team, report it online or call 101. Please don’t assume we already know.”