Cleaning up Valentines

Recently residents of Valentines Ward may have noticed an increased police presence around Ilford Station. This was due to Operation Parish, which on 1st September resulted in 19 people being arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A & B Drugs.

Residents have told us time and again of the fear and anger caused by people selling drugs in our area, and as part of your Council, we were determined to do something about it.

After months of intelligence gathering, Redbridge Labour Council worked with the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police to tackle the problem.

Your Labour Council will continue to work with the Met Police and the British Transport Police to show drug dealers operating around Ilford Station that they will be caught.

We are determined to clean up Valentines ward, and so, the day after the police operation, we joined more than 30 Council officers and representatives from the Police and British Transport Police in a dedicated action day to tackle anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.

On the day, we patrolled a number of streets in the Ilford Station area including York Road, York Mews, York Place, Balfour Rd, Heron Mews and Station Road.

The team dealt with fly tipping, untidy front gardens, flyposting, poor housing conditions, illicit tobacco sales, health and safety in food businesses, rat nests and other anti-social behaviour.

We are determined to improve Valentines ward for all our residents, and with action on crime as well as other anti-social behaviour, we can make Ilford better for everyone.


Cllr Khayer Chowdhury

Cllr Ross Hatfull 

Cllr Farah Hussain