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38 per cent decrease in violent knife crime following Operation Langdale and St James Street pilot

After a disturbing rise in violent crime involving offensive weapons between 2016 and 2018, Waltham Forest Council spearheaded an innovative partnership, working alongside the Metropolitan Police to reduce the level of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour (ASB), targeting Walthamstow’s High Street and St James Street ward, named Operation Langdale.

Operation Langdale ran alongside a council-led initiative named St James Street pilot from 1 October to 31 December, 2018.