Police and council chiefs say they have no plans to increase patrols or install more CCTV in Queen's Park after a teenager was allegedly stabbed in broad daylight
Officers were called to the popular Chesterfield park at 4.25pm last Wednesday and found an injured 17-year-old boy.
An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth, both from Chesterfield, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm later that evening. They were subsequently released on bail pending further investigations.
The 17-year-old boy remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Scores of Chesterfield residents have taken to social media to wish him a speedy recovery – and voice concern about gangs of youths causing anti-social behaviour in the park.
But Inspector John Turner, who is in charge of policing in the Chesterfield area, said: “We are not aware of an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in Queen’s Park and officers from our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams continue to carry out routine patrols of the park.
“We have not felt it necessary to increase police patrols as a result of the recent isolated incident.”
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, added: “We currently have five CCTV cameras which overlook Queen’s Park and the surrounding area.
“While there are no current plans for more CCTV cameras, our community safety team will continue to work closely with the police to patrol the park and take appropriate action when anti-social behaviour is being carried out.”
Amid allegations the boy was stabbed, a Derbyshire police spokesman said: “For operational reasons we’re unable to give more details about the incident.
“Enquiries are progressing and two suspects remain on police bail.
“The victim of the assault remains in hospital in a stable condition.”
A large part of the park was taped off by police following the incident as officers scoured the scene for evidence.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Julian Hall on 101, quoting reference 16000309340, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.