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‘Take back the bridge’: Police try to clean up crime hotspot

Graffiti and weeds have gone to make way for a cleaner, safer space

08 October, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Community effort to spruce up neighbourhood bridge

ALL hands were on deck this week to “clean up” a crime hotspot causing misery to residents in Somers Town.

Police, Network Rail, council officers and community campaigners came together to “take back” Camley Street bridge, amid reports it is being used by drug dealers.

They aimed to make it cleaner and more attractive in the hope it will reduce future anti-social behaviour and make the area safer.

A group of around 30 who attended painted over a graffiti wall and did a spot of landscaping.

“Today the community was empowered to take back what is theirs”

PC Mandy Nutt said: “It was really great to see so many people coming together to look at ways that we can all resolve and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Already the area looks better and little things like lopping trees back, cutting back shrubbery, and painting over graffiti walls make a big difference. Today the community was empowered to take back what is theirs and bring back that good old community spirit.”

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