Where’s CCTV we were promised for crime spot?

RES­I­DENTS AND TRADERS FU­RI­OUS AT DE­LAY

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By DAVID PITTAM david.pittam@reach­plc.com @david­pit­tam

IT is more than four months since res­i­dents were promised a CCTV cam­era at a crime hotspot in Arnold - and all that’s gone up so far is a pole.

The walk­way be­tween Smithy Cres­cent and Front Street is plagued by gangs of youths be­hav­ing badly, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers.

Elderly lo­cals are re­port­edly avoid­ing it on their way to the fish and chip shop.

One man vis­it­ing the Sal­va­tion Army shop had a vodka bot­tle thrown at him with such force that it smashed through the front and rear of a nearby car last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The tar­get, Al­lan Sco­ley, a 48-yearold from Le­ices­ter, said: “It could have been life-chang­ing. You don’t need that when you’re at work.”

On June 3, res­i­dents marched fol­low­ing three stab­bings in Arnold and were told by Gedling Bor­ough Coun­cil that a CCTV cam­era would be in­stalled on the walk­way .

Al­though the coun­cil says it is work­ing on the mat­ter, and it should be put in by the end of the month, lo­cals are not happy.

Alyson Ed­ward, 40, a lo­cal busi­ness owner, said: “I will be­lieve it when I see it. They have not kept us up­dated and there have been no po­lice around. They have just put up the pole and left it.

“I saw an old cou­ple com­ing down the steps and they kicked their walk­ing sticks from un­der the older man. It’s hor­ren­dous. Ev­ery­body is ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied to come down the steps.

“I think the CCTV will solve it but noth­ing is go­ing to hap­pen un­til some­one is hurt.”

Iris Hal­lam, who works at a nearby shop, had to clear up two nee­dles she found on Thurs­day and said: “We were promised that things would change but it’s worse now than be­fore the march. We have waited months - it’s just not good enough.

“If the CCTV is not up, the po­lice and com­mu­nity of­fi­cers should be pa­trolling but we do not see them. We saw them a lot for a month af­ter the march but grad­u­ally they fell off.

“Peo­ple are walk­ing right round to avoid the street. I’m frus­trated noth­ing has been done.”

A bar­ber in Front Street who lives on the road said his car had been scratched four times in the last eight months – so se­verely he sus­pected it was done with a knife.

Af­ter one in­ci­dent he had to buy a new car. Mike As­lan, 39, is of­fer­ing a cash re­ward for any in­for­ma­tion that will lead to a con­vic­tion and said: “I’m think­ing of mov­ing - I’ve got fam­ily in Clifton and they’re not scared to go out at night.”

The coun­cil has been work­ing to put up the CCTV since the Enough is Enough march and sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in July.

The pole was in­stalled in Septem­ber but the prob­lem has been get­ting the plan­ning ap­proval, find­ing a sup­plier and dig­ging up the road to ac­tu­ally in­stall the cam­era, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor David El­lis, port­fo­lio holder for pub­lic pro­tec­tion, said: “We have made com­mit­ments to res­i­dents that the CCTV will be in place as soon as pos­si­ble and we are work­ing as quickly as the process al­lows us, to en­sure this is the case.”

The cam­era cost £12,920 and its op­er­a­tives are al­ready em­ployed by the coun­cil. It will be mon­i­tored 24/7 at a cen­tral con­trol room, along with oth­ers across Arnold and will be able to be con­trolled and moved from there.

Po­lice in­spec­tor Steven O’neill, Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice’s lo­cal polic­ing in­spec­tor for the Gedling area, said of­fi­cers “can’t be on ev­ery street cor­ner at all times” but felt they have mea­sures in place to deal with day-to-day is­sues.

He said po­lice would have a higher pro­file af­ter a rare, more se­ri­ous in­ci­dent, such as the stab­bings ear­lier in the year, and pri­ori­tised their re­sources de­pend­ing on the level of threat, risk and harm.

“A ma­jor part of the work we do to help keep our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safe is in how we work along­side our part­ners, in­clud­ing the Neigh­bour­hood War­dens at Gedling Bor­ough Coun­cil, to co­or­di­nate our joined-up re­sponse to deal­ing with crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour,” he said.

Em­lyn Mous­ley, lo­cal bar­ber Mike As­lan, Iris Hal­lam and busi­ness owner Alyson Ed­wards in front of the pole which should have CCTV cam­eras on it.

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