Fears over CCTV blindspots across the Isle of Dogs and Limehouse have been raised by a councillor who was assaulted in the area.

Canary Wharf councillor Andrew Wood raised his concerns after noticing that Barkantine Quarterdeck, Marsh Wall and Limehouse have no or poor CCTV cameras.

Cllr Wood was assaulted near the Barkantine Quarterdeck last March, but the perpetrators have never been caught.

He said: “When I looked at the CCTV footage it was too grainy to be able to see anything.


“The council has millions in Section 106 [developer contributions to local infrastructure] money, but they just don’t seem to have got their heads around where the growth areas on the island are and where the problem hotspots are.

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Concerns: Councillor Andrew Wood of the Canary Wharf ward in Tower Hamlets

“I am concerned that we are building the densest place in Europe but with no overall strategy on how we keep people safe and secure and that includes a strategy on a central CCTV network like they have in Canary Wharf.

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“It is not just about controlling crime and security but also how we use modern technology to help more than 100,000 people manage there lives when the nearest police and council offices are some distance away.”

The Barkantine Quarterdeck, managed by One Housing Group, now has a CCTV camera, but Cllr Wood points out the siting is not permanent.

Problems: There have been a number of reports of anti-social behaviour along this stretch of Westferry Road, near the Barkantine Quarterdeck

However, One Housing Group say this is so the camera can be moved to areas that are experiencing anti-social behaviour.

The new cameras can be controlled using an app, meaning the team can track incidents in real time, with footage available directly to the police.

OHG’s head of anti-social behaviour and tenancy fraud Kiera Curran said: “The design of some of the estates on the island makes staying on top of anti-social behaviour a challenge but we are working closely with the police and local stakeholders to make sure residents are kept safe.

“These cameras are a very useful tool in deterring crime and anti-social behaviour that can damage the whole community.”

Tower Hamlets Council and the Metropolitan Police Service did not wish to provide a comment.