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Professor to study impact of Olympics on communities
The Olympic Park building site in Stratford
The future use of the Olympic Stadium is currently under discussion

An academic from the University of Essex is taking part in a study into the impact the London Olympics will have on local communities.

Professor Dick Hobbs is one of three sociologists looking at its effects on crime, policing and social cohesion.

Findings from the study will be offered up to the police, games organisers, local businesses and agencies to help them make the games a success for all.

The study is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Professor Hobbs explained they had already begun their study in and around the Stratford and Newham area, where the Olympic site is part of a £9bn regeneration of East London.

"It could be a good thing, let's see how it plays out," he told BBC Essex.

"What we're interested in with our research is to look at what the consequences are for the people of Newham and the consequences particularly for policing.

There's going to be some problems there and we're interested in how this is all going to play out
Professor Dick Hobbs

"Newham is an inner city area with over a quarter of a million people living there," he added.

"So to 'plonk' the Olympic site and other massive development sites in the middle of this multicultural community, there are going to be consequences.

"You've got a lot of changes, new people coming in, builders coming in and enormous problems with things like traffic, the building generally and the construction process.

"So, there's going to be some problems there and we're interested in how this is all going to play out."

Professor Hobbs is working alongside Dr Gary Armstrong of Brunel University and Professor Richard Giulianotti from Durham University on the project.

"We expect our findings will help the police and other agencies to strengthen their working practices and their relationships with the local community," said Professor Giulianotti.

"In the longer term our findings will help London and other UK cities in developing effective strategies for the policing of other future mega-events whether they be sporting or cultural."

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