Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The 15 London Wards with the Most Criminals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The 15 London Wards with the Most Criminals

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

THE 15 London council wards with the largest number of criminal residents have been named by the Met in a new bid to cut offending.

Police say each one contains hundreds of offenders, including a hard core of serious criminals responsible for luring others into their world sometimes over several generations.

Four of the wards are in Greenwich, three are in Lewisham, while Lambeth, Newham and Tower Hamlets each have two and Haringey and Southwark have one each.

They were identified by analysing convicts' home addresses.

Police believe the high concentration of criminals in these areas is increasing the chances of convicts reoffending.

They plan to monitor and assist people released from prison with the aim of preventing them falling back into crime, beginning in Newham, Lambeth and Lewisham.

Teams of police, probation officers, council staff and specialists in areas such as drugs, alcohol and housing will help ex-convicts find a job or housing or get treatment for addictions.

Repeat offenders will be targeted to ensure they comply with court orders or conditions of release, and police will act against those who fail to do so.

Another objective will be to stop the most serious convicts committing new offences and drawing others into crime by acting as recruiting sergeants. …

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