‘Speak to us’ say local cops


POLICE are to hold a series of weekly street briefings with concerned residents in Pilsley as they attempt to clamp down on relentless yobbish behaviour plaguing the village.

Officers and councillors will be carrying out the briefings around the village, near Clay Cross, over the next six weeks.

PCSO David Bull said residents would have the chance to air concerns and set priorities for police. He added: “A number of people have shown an interest in the briefings so hopefully they will be successful in uniting different parts of the community.”

The announcement follows last week’s report in the Derbyshire Times, when worried residents told how hooded youths were wreaking havoc on the streets of Pilsley, leaving people “scared to death”.

One villager, who does not want to be named, said: “At the moment it’s a very horrible place.”

She added that intimidating and troublesome gangs were hanging around until the early hours of the morning, shouting, drinking, smashing bottles and taking drugs.

Another resident said that the village has been blighted by anti-social behaviour for the past seven years.

“Parents need to take responsibility for their families – and the council needs to address their tenants,” they added.

The street briefings will start at 8pm at the Community Centre, Pear Tree Road, and the group will walk around the village visiting problem hotspots.

The briefings will be held on Sunday, August 21; Tuesday, August 30; Wednesday, September 7; Thursday, September 15; Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 30.

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