Monday, September 25, 2023

Why does Chafford Hundred suffer from so much anti-social behaviour?

EARLIER THIS week, South Chafford councillor and, dare we say, community champion, Tunde Ojetola announced: “Enough is enough” after a young girl was mugged in Chafford Hundred.

YT is aware of crime reports from across the borough and is conscious of not exaggerating any particular activity. So, we thought we would look at the crime statistics and then take it from there.

According to, there were 87 crimes recorded in Chafford Hundred. 35 of them were in relation to anti-social behaviour.

They happened in the following streets:

1. Southwell Close
2. Hedingham Road
3. Sewell Close
4. Bark Burr Road
5. Courtney Drive
6. Duffield Drive
7. Camden Road
8. Cardinal Road
9. Clockhouse Lane
10.Douglas Close
11.Sachfield Drive
13.Sachfield Drive
14.Sachfield Drive
15.Phillip Sydney Road
16 Delvin Close
18.Harrington Crescent
19.Donella Close
20.Grifon Close
21.Howard Road
22.Arterial Road
23.Near A1306
24.Near A1306
25.Sport Recreation area
26.Sport Recreation area
27.Sport Recreation area
28.San Juan Drive
29.Saffron Road
30.Kershaw Close
31.Fleming Road
32.Fleming Road
33.Fleming Road
34.Francisco Close
35.Victory Close

This compares to 11 offences in Stanford-le-Hope and 22 in Tilbury. We also went to another part of the county and looked at an area very similar to Chafford Hundred. We chose Church Langley in Harlow. Although the population is half the size, they have had only 6 incidents if anti-social behaviour.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to speak to a number of stakeholders in the Chafford Hundred community and ask them what they are doing and/or what they think can be done to address this issue.


  1. Another sweeping statement not based on fact,the problems at Chafford are in the main caused by outsiders arriving on trains from East London,simple answer,police presence at the station.

  2. So, I guess our next port of call could be to ascertain how many of the 36 incidents of asb in C100 in Dec 2013 were caused by “outsiders arriving on trains from East London”.

  3. I’m going to sound miserable but I’m going to say it anyway.

    If you import a vast amount of residents from poorer parts of East London whose children (or their visiting friends) have no respect for the area or the people around them then you end up with a ASB problem. Chuck in the fact that the area has a ‘wealthy’ tag means people will go there with the sole intention of causing crime.

    Add Osyter card access to the area so all the dross of god knows where can get in and out quickly (with no police presence to disturb them) and you have the situation on Chafford at the moment.

    The council should be ashamed that Harlow (of which many always thought was the second worst place to live in Essex after Basildon, naturally) is actually a safer place than parts of Thurrock.


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