A crime “hotspot” will be targeted by police and the council as part of a new operation.

Waltham Forest Council conducted an in-depth review of its anti-social behaviour strategy and found the borough’s overall performance was unclear because “no complete picture” emerged from research.

Problems included a need to improve how anti-social behaviour is reported and improve its use of resources.

St James Street in Walthamstow was singled out as a crime “hotspot”.

According to the report, the authority and police are working closely to develop an operation specifically targeting this area to rid it of anti-social and criminal behaviour.

The council held a community forum on Tuesday to hear from people living there and find out what they were most worried about.

A new strategy is emerging from those talks and details will be discussed in more detail at next week’s neighbourhoods scrutiny meeting on Wednesday at 7pm.

The new strategy could include an emphasis on accountability for lead members of the authority dealing with cases and better connections between first response officers and people dealing with the aftermath of a case.

But nothing is set in stone until the meeting next week.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Waltham Forest’s cabinet member for community safety, explained that a group of those living in the borough, councillors and police is working together to assess the area’s options in terms of tackling ASB, which is due to be presented in the new year.

He said: “We work with a range of local partners, including the Met Police, to review our approach to anti-social behaviour.

“We are determined to tackle the issues that lead to anti-social behaviour, and work closely with our partners to create a borough where everybody feels safe and welcome at all times.”