Video: Shirebrook protestors march to Sports Direct after marketplace rally against violence and anti-social behaviour in the town

Hundreds of Shirebrook residents held a protest in the marketplace on Saturday calling for more action to tackle a spate of violence and anti-social behaviour in the town.

Following the rally in the marketplace the residents marched to the Sports Direct warehouse, where they held another demonstration outside.

Shirebrook residents march on Sports Direct.

Shirebrook residents march on Sports Direct.

They blame the firm owned by billionaire Mike Ashley for attracting a minority of anti-social elements from Eastern Europe and Poland to the area.

Former town councillor David Anthony said residents feel town councillors are not listening to people’s fears after two alleged stabbing incidents in two weeks, thought to involve Eastern European, possibly Polish men.

Residents are also concerned about what they see as a lack of police action over a clash of cultures - gangs of men drinking in the town centre leaving women and pensioners feeling intimidated.

They say there has been a lack of policing to tackle the problem.

Last week residents attended a meeting of Shirebrook Town Council which was moved to Shirebrook Village Hall.

Then protestors called for councillors to resign and announced they were forming an independent residents committee in the town.

Mr Anthony said: ”Residents are forming a committee because they have lost confidence in the council.”

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