The Montague Road Estate in Leytonstone has had £100,000 worth of CCTV upgrades and improvements in an attempt to tackle crime

Flats in 'high priority' estate to be staffed

Staff at Fred Wigg Tower

Concierge launch at John Walsh Tower

Fred Wigg Tower in the Montague Road Estate

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Blocks of flats considered to be ‘dangerous’ by Leytonstone residents are now being staffed for 49 hours per week in an attempt to reduce crime in a troubled estate.

Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers in the Montague Road Estate have had a ‘concierge service’ installed this month with staff being on site from 5pm until midnight every day.

Waltham Forest Council says the decision was taken as the estate remains one of its ‘highest priority areas’ where there is a real need for intervention.

On March 1, both Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, were stabbed to death in a car parked in Montague Road.

In the wake of the double killings, people living in Fredd Wigg Towers said that the blocks attract anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and violent crime.

Both young and old alike said that they considered the area to be dangerous.

Concierge staff have been placed in upgraded lobbies where anti-social behaviour was taking place and £100,000 has been spent on upgrading CCTV.

A spokeswoman for the council said that the scheme could be rolled out across the borough.

She said: “John Walsh and Fred Wigg Towers was identified as one of the highest priority estates, in terms of a need for intervention and improvement, in a borough wide estates review commissioned by the Council and which involved residents.

“The improvements aim to deter anti-social behaviour in the communal areas of the estate. It’s hoped the changes will help residents feel safer when travelling to and from their homes.

“The dedicated team will act as residents’ first point of contact if they have any issues or concerns on the estate.

"They will monitor the CCTV and report any incidents direct to police if necessary.

“The refurbishment is part of a wider improvement programme which could result in a multi-million pound investment in the area over the next few years.”

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1:38pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Anyone wanting to work as a concierge in one of those blocks deserves a medal in advance, a salary commensurate with the risks involved and some danger money for evening work.

John Walsh and Fred Wigg must be spinning in their graves at the escapades that have gone around this estate in recent years.

Even the Police legged it, after some gangsters opened fire with a machine gun at a van full of coppers outside their nick.
Anyone wanting to work as a concierge in one of those blocks deserves a medal in advance, a salary commensurate with the risks involved and some danger money for evening work. John Walsh and Fred Wigg must be spinning in their graves at the escapades that have gone around this estate in recent years. Even the Police legged it, after some gangsters opened fire with a machine gun at a van full of coppers outside their nick. Villagecranberry
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3:45pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Go42 says...

So this is Tory versus Labour, if I am to beleive one of the comments. I do not buy that theory. But let us just accept it as being correct. It should then be up to the Labour Party to fund the inevitable judicial review.... not the Council Taxpayers of this borough. I just wish that surcharging was still in place.
So this is Tory versus Labour, if I am to beleive one of the comments. I do not buy that theory. But let us just accept it as being correct. It should then be up to the Labour Party to fund the inevitable judicial review.... not the Council Taxpayers of this borough. I just wish that surcharging was still in place. Go42
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8:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

parkingtrouble says...

7 hours a day 9am - 5pm?

Concierge won't see any them bad boys during daylight hours.
7 hours a day 9am - 5pm? Concierge won't see any them bad boys during daylight hours. parkingtrouble
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12:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Dave mp says...

parkingtrouble wrote:
7 hours a day 9am - 5pm?

Concierge won't see any them bad boys during daylight hours.
and the won't be able to do much between 5pm and midnight either unless they get immediate back-up from the police, wherever they are? I bet they must be on a very good wage to do this job?
[quote][p][bold]parkingtrouble[/bold] wrote: 7 hours a day 9am - 5pm? Concierge won't see any them bad boys during daylight hours.[/p][/quote]and the won't be able to do much between 5pm and midnight either unless they get immediate back-up from the police, wherever they are? I bet they must be on a very good wage to do this job? Dave mp
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7:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Chris15 says...

I lived in a very modest terraced house which was demolished in early 1960s (along with many others) to make way for these anti-social monstrosities. That is what these were perceived to be before they were built (but not by the councillors) and that is how it came to pass. Most people are not anti-social but when the rotten apples come in it takes a remarkable community to get them out.
Demolish them and build anew along the lines of Cobden, Acacia and Cecil Road but refuse tenancies to any criminals and their kin
I lived in a very modest terraced house which was demolished in early 1960s (along with many others) to make way for these anti-social monstrosities. That is what these were perceived to be before they were built (but not by the councillors) and that is how it came to pass. Most people are not anti-social but when the rotten apples come in it takes a remarkable community to get them out. Demolish them and build anew along the lines of Cobden, Acacia and Cecil Road but refuse tenancies to any criminals and their kin Chris15
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