Crime-ridden street gets free CCTV in desperate bid to end yobs reign of terror

Terrified residents in a crime-ridden street are being given free CCTV cameras in a desperate bid to keep them safe.

Gangs of yobs have been making neigbours lives a misery.

One man was beaten with a metal chain outside a supermarket and there have been repeated break-ins, which has left people living in fear.

Gangs have been marauding through the street in Hull and those living there say there are also issues with beggars.

Humberside Police have been working with Hull City Council to install the cameras in the Barnsley Street area, off Holderness Road, following a spate of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Officers hope the cameras will not only identify those who are committing offences but also act as a deterrent.

The move has been welcomed by residents in the area, especially those who have been victims of crime in recent months.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I installed my own CCTV because I was burgled three months ago and they took nearly everything I had.

"I was really scared after that so I decided to get my own cameras to protect me. It’s good the police are taking action and it will make people feel a lot safer."

A 63-year-old man, who has lived in Barnsley Street for eight years, says his son-in-law’s car has been repeatedly targeted.

"Police have been coming up and down the street all the time which is reassuring," he told the Hull Daily Mail .

"We get a lot of youngsters down here causing trouble. You try and tell them off about it but they just give you verbal abuse.

"My daughter’s partner has a BMW and when he parks it down here, you get all the kids congregating around it. One of them was even seen stood on the car and jumping around, but again we went to tell them and we just got abused.

"I think the cameras are a great idea, I hope the police find out who is causing trouble and sort it out once and for all."

Drypool ward councillors Adam Williams, Linda Chambers and Diana Hatcher have been working closely with the East Hull Community Policing team to tackle crime in the area.

The team have funded the six cameras, one of which has already been installed at the home of a resident whose life has been blighted by crime.

Councillor Williams said: "We are doing what we can to assist the police in catching persistent offenders.

"We have funded these extra cameras that can be used to target specific issues and catch those responsible.

"It is a way of making the streets a safer place in the Holderness Road corridor.

"There have been a lot of reports of crime and violence in the area in the last couple of months.

"We had the incident where a man was smacked over the head with a metal chain outside Iceland, there has been a problem with persistent beggars, as well as a number of house break-ins and general antisocial behaviour.

"The police are working really hard and being very proactive and hopefully these cameras will make a big difference."

A recent crime survey by the councillors saw more than 250 residents get in touch with them about various antisocial behaviour issues.

Sergeant Russ Whittle from the East Hull Community Policing Team said: "We are pleased to be working together with Hull City Council in support of our communities in the Drypool Ward.

"The cameras will provide an additional valuable tool to help keep our communities safe.

"As well as offering reassurance to victims, they will also serve as a deterrent to those who commit crime or participate in anti social behaviour and provide vital evidence to enable us to take action against those responsible."

Anyone with concerns about crime in their area should call Humberside Police on 101.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/break-ins-batterings-gangs-crime-12074454

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