Police to ward off trouble by playing classical music at notorious north London estate

Police are set to play classical music on a notorious housing estate in north London in an attempt to avert trouble.

Adam Weber, 23, a new recruit on a scheme to help drive reforms and innovation in policing, is the constable in charge of law and order on the estate in
Tottenham.

He was inspired by the idea of using classical tunes as a crime-fighting tool after a pilot scheme to play music from speakers in 40 London Underground stations to reduce antisocial behaviour.

Mr Weber told The Sunday Times : "Incidents of verbal and physical abuse fell [during the pilot scheme], so I thought, 'let's give this a go'.”

When he was assigned to the notorious Broadwater Farm estate, hesaid his instructor told him: "It's a maze that they know better than you. Good luck."

The relationship between the estate’s community and the force has been poor for many years.

In 1985, PC Keith Blakelock was murdered in the estate when a riot broke out. The estate was also home to Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police sparked riots in 2011.

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