Good work sees night time crime rate in Epping fall

Politics / Fri 19th Jun 2015 at 04:36pm

CRIMES relating to the night-time economy in the Epping area have fallen by more than 20 per cent in the last 12 months.

The fall follows targeted operations by Essex Police working with Epping Forest District Council (EFDC).

Overall the number of offences classed as night-time economy crime recorded in the year ending March 31 2015 decreased by 18 per cent in Epping and by 24 per cent in Loughton.

Night-time economy crimes are certain offences that take place between 6pm and 6am in specific locations which are busy in that time. There are more than 200 crimes that are classified within that group including drugs, assault, theft and criminal damage.

District Commander for Epping, Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said: “I am very pleased to see this fall in crime against people who just want to enjoy a fun night out in the Epping district.

“We take a no-nonsense stance with clubs and pubs in our area and have regular meetings with the main licensees in the district. Officers regularly patrol areas we have identified that are affected by night time economy crime to prevent incidents and reassure people.

“Working together with the district council, the license of Villa nightclub was suspended within days of a serious public order incident on Sunday March 1. The premises was subsequently sold and, following consultations with the new owner, amendments to the license were proposed to address our concerns. These were supported by the licensing committee and will allow the police, district council and the venue to have a better working relationship to promote the licensing objectives.

“We know we have more work to do, but our partnership with the council can make the streets of Epping safer for people who just want to enjoy a good night out.”

Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens, chairman of the Licensing Committee for Epping Forest District Council said: “The swift action the Council took in relation to the Villa incident which resulted in the police requesting a review shows that the Police and the Council, working together, can take quick action when there is evidence of the cause of the incident. A licensing review, however, is very dependent on clear evidence of where the problem started as well as the support of the police.

“It is good news that the number of significant criminal incidents reported to the police are down and we will continue to support them with our own enforcement staff paying regular visits to the clubs and reviewing licences when necessary, but the support of residents in reporting incidents will be a big help to us in evaluating the evidence that could lead to a review.”

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