Villagers join forces to tackle a rise in crime

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NEIGHBOURS are joining forces to crackdown on a rise in crime in their community.

Underage drinking, deliberate fires, fireworks being misused, 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 formed an action group and will send every household in the village a letter asking residents to log and detail when and where anti-social behaviour is taking place and who is involved.

These will be collected by officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods team who will speak to residents about what actions they are taking to tackle the problems.

The action group hope to combat crime around the village and on Lansbury Avenue Park.

Planned actions on the park include a community clean-up, repairs to seating and wooden fences and trimming back hedges to prevent alcohol being hidden.

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

Offenders on the Community Payback Scheme will help with the clean-up work and delivering letters to households.

Community Safety Partnership sergeant Les Rawson 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.

“By working with a number of different agencies we will tackle the issues and those involved quickly and effectively.”

To report nuisance behaviour call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101.

For more on this story see next week’s Derbyshire Times.