Crime rise sparks village campaign

Mastin Moor park action group. Residents Martin and Jenny Garvey and Margaret Orme with Mark Rawson street scene enforcement officer, Trevor Haynes borough council ranger, Carly Robins borough housing team leader, PCSO Sue Cooke and Smudge Smith of the community payback team
Mastin Moor park action group. Residents Martin and Jenny Garvey and Margaret Orme with Mark Rawson street scene enforcement officer, Trevor Haynes borough council ranger, Carly Robins borough housing team leader, PCSO Sue Cooke and Smudge Smith of the community payback team
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Neighbours are joining forces to crackdown on a rise in crime in their community.

Underage drinking, deliberate fires, nuisance vehicles, drug use and laser pens being shone in people’s homes are just some of the incidents residents in Mastin Moor hope to tackle.

Villagers have joined an action group and every household will receive a letter asking them to log and detail when and where anti-social behaviour is taking place and who is involved.

Resident Mary White said vandals had trashed Lansbury Avenue Park as well as the allotments and other areas in the village.

She added: “Tenants raised funds for the park to get it up and running and it’s something we’re proud of. A group of teenagers are trying to destroy it for us.

“Everybody is on board to try and get it sorted so we can reclaim the park and get it back to what it was. We like where we live and we’re not having people spoiling it for us.”

Police, Chesterfield Borough Council, the fire service and Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership are also supporting the group.

Community Safety Partnership Sgt Les Rawson, who is leading the project, said: “We hope that by carrying out this work we can put a stop to the behaviour and improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors to Mastin Moor.”

PCSO Sue Cooke added: “The village is very community minded and we hope the group will give ownership back to the residents of Mastin Moor.”

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