Beggars and street drinkers in the borough of Lambeth have been arrested and referred to support services during an operation to help people change their lifestyles.
Lambeth council, Lambeth police, the UK Border Agency and CRI (Crime
Reduction Initiatives) – the national social care and health charity – are
now working with 11 people taken into custody in just one day.
Lambeth council leader Cllr Lib Peck, said: “There is real and long term
support available to those in Lambeth who need it. “To help we are asking
people not to give money to beggars, but instead contact our expert teams
so we can make a real difference to their lives.”
Lambeth council say it has committed to tackling street drinking and begging in the borough, offering support to combat drug addiction, anti-social
behaviour and support people into housing.
Following the operation, seven people were charged with begging and two
more for theft. Of these people eight live in social housing and three were
of no fixed address. Six of those who were arrested failed police run drug
test for Class A substances.
Steve Smith, CRI deputy director, said Lambeth had programmes in place to help drug addicts, homeless people and those committing anti-social
He said: “We are helping the people found to be homeless people get into
hostels, and from there we will support them into permanent accommodation.
“Those who have failed drug tests are being assessed, and will be given
treatment and case management where appropriate.”
Five anti-social behaviour notices were also served on the day, with
people given them getting help to change their lifestyles, or face charges
if they commit further offences.
Work being done in the borough has already cut street drinking and begging in Waterloo by more than 40 per cent, say Lambeth – but the council is calling on people to do their bit to tackle the problem.
There is now also a number for people to call if they are concerned about
beggars and homeless people on the streets of Lambeth.
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “No one needs to beg or sleep
rough in Lambeth. “If you see someone in need call us and we can help them.
“It may seem cruel asking people not to give money to those on the streets
– but in reality we’re trying to help people make long term lifestyle
changes that could save their lives.”
People concerned about someone begging or sleeping rough on the streets of Lambeth should phone 020 7501 0601 or email [email protected] (Source: Lambeth council press release).
… WHILE CROYDON PLAN TO LIMIT BOOZE SALES TO COMBAT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
The views of the community are being sought as Croydon council launches a
consultation on plans to change its licensing policy with a view to cutting
crime and antisocial behaviour.
The consultation, which runs until Friday November 8th, will ask people’s opinions on the introduction of measures known as cumulative impact zones, designed to restrict the number of new off-licences granted in the following four areas:
Brighton Road/South End/High Street/George Street corridor from Purley to
London Road corridor from West Croydon to Norbury
Brigstock Road/High Street corridor to junction with Whitehorse Lane
Central Parade, New Addington
Following an earlier 12-week consultation, focusing on a much larger area,
the council has decided to narrow the scope of the policy and concentrate
on key areas where it is felt that the number of off licences – and any
increase in that number – is having a negative impact on crime and binge
Residents, businesses, licensees, faith groups and trade bodies will be
consulted, along with ward councillors and MPs.
Cabinet member for community safety Cllr Simon Hoar, said: “The
council is targeting areas based on crime figures, health-related stats
such as hospital admissions linked to binge drinking and violence, nuisance and environmental issues, and complaints from residents and businesses.
“We aim to use cumulative impact zones to make Croydon a safer place for everyone to live and work.”
Croydon say the new policy would work on the presumption that applications for a new premises licence, or to materially vary an existing licence, will be
“These changes will not prevent licensing applications being made and each
case will still be considered on its own merits” said a spokesman.
“Even where cumulative impact zones are in place, applications will have to
draw objections before the council can consider whether to refuse to grant
“And applicants will have to demonstrate that were the council to grant
their application, it would not add to existing problems in that area.”
Existing licences (unless they apply for a material variation) will not be
Following the consultation, the council’s licensing committee would
consider the results.
The government has made provisions within the Licensing Act 2003 for
cumulative impact zones to be introduced. (Source: Croydon council press release).
LAMBETH PLAN ‘ONE STRIKE AND YOU’RE OUT’ POLICY FOR OFF-LICENCES SELLING ALCOHOL TO KIDS
In a London-wide first Lambeth council are proposing a one-strike and you’re out for policy for off-licences that sell alcohol to kids.
Currently the council needed to prove three cases where the law had been
broken before it can stop an off-license selling alcohol.
The move comes as Lambeth looks at using new laws to bring irresponsible pubs, nightclubs, late-night fast food joints and off-licenses into line.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for safer and stronger neighbourhoods,
said: “We are adopting the one-strike and you’re out policy to protect
young people in the borough.
“In Lambeth the sale of alcohol has reached unacceptable levels, fuelling violence and creating serious disturbance for our residents.
“The one-strike policy is just one part of a rebalancing of the way alcohol
is sold here, and a move away from the old ‘anything goes’ approach.”
Lambeth’s new licensing policy also seeks to put the cost of cleaning up
after drunk people onto the venues; improve women’s safety and give Lambeth residents more say about the venues in their neighbourhoods.
With more than 1,300 licensed venues, Lambeth is one of the London boroughs with the highest number of bars, clubs, restaurants, late night take-aways and off-licences.
Cllr Hopkins said: “These venues and businesses make an important
contribution to the local economy, employing local people and creating
“That won’t stop, but if this new policy is adopted people will no longer
be able to get a license to run a restaurant, and then turn it into a bar
or club that creates a nuisance late into the night.
“We want Lambeth to keep its place as one of the best places in London to
visit for a great meal or a fun night out. “But we are going to be demanding
better, more responsibly run pub, clubs and off-licenses.”
The consultation on Lambeth council’s new licensing policy is now open.
Visit to comment:
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Business/LicencesStreetTrading/AlcoholEntertainmentLateNightRefreshment/LicensingPolicyConsultation.htm?sp=licensingconsultation (Source: Lambeth council press release).
COMMUNITY SAFETY – CROYDON WANT YOUR VIEWS
The Safer Croydon Partnership (SCP) want to know your concerns about
everything from violent crime to antisocial behaviour.
The partnership – which brings together public sector agencies, businesses, community and voluntary sector organisations – have launched a community safety survey, which will help shape its priorities for the next three
years, and form the basis for the next Croydon Community Safety Strategy.
The survey, which runs until Friday November 1st this year, also includes
questions about fly-tipping, rubbish and litter, drunk and rowdy behaviour,
street drinking and begging, and abandoned vehicles. It can be found at
Cabinet member for community safety Cllr Simon Hoar, said: “I would
encourage everyone to respond to the survey, as we need to know how Croydon residents and workers feel about the borough if we are to include their concerns in our future plans.” (Source: Croydon council press release)