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Uniting against yobs


Residents in Whatton and Aslockton are looking to unite to combat growing problems with anti-social behaviour.

About 100 people attended a meeting in Whatton Jubilee Hall on Saturday to call for increased police cover.

Other suggestions included expanding the Neighbourhood Watch schemes, residents becoming special constables, and setting up a local area group to put priorities to the local beat manager, Pc John Kneale.

One resident suggested paying a security firm to police the villages.

The chairman of Whatton Parish Council, Mr Gregg Redford, outlined recent incidents including eggs thrown at windows, smashed windows, vandalism at the railway station, jumping on car roofs, throwing bottles at cars and lighting fires on the village playing field.

He said: “The situation is far from acceptable. I realise that the vast majority of young people in both parishes are fine. It is mostly down to a gang of 12 or so who are causing the problems.”

Mr Redford said people felt that the council tax being paid to the police gave them a poor return with regard to the service received.

He said they would push for a meeting with the local area commander, Inspector Jeff Haywood, and the divisional commander for south Nottinghamshire, Chief Superintendent John Busuttil.

Several residents complained about the difficultly in getting hold of the police to report an incident, and the response when they did get hold of them.

A retired police superintendent, Mr Norman Mees, said the quality of life had deteriorated during the last four years.

He felt the level of the problem was not appreciated by those in charge of the police, and some people felt it was not worth reporting incidents because nothing was done.

The chairman of Aslockton Parish Council, Mr Brian Crawford, said a working party of members of the two councils and the police could give a united approach to the problems.

He said: “The undesirables seem to be hell bent on disrupting life here. We have to show we are just as determined to see they do not.

“We have to be prepared to help ourselves. We cannot expect that everything is done for us.”

Mr Julian Coy, the landlord of the Cranmer Arms at Aslockton, is recovering after being attacked earlier this month.

He suffered a broken eye socket, broken cheek bone and severe bruising when he confronted a youth outside the pub.

Pc Kneale said he was anxious to allay concerns.

But he said he needed evidence, including names, before he could take any action.

Answering criticisms of the police not being available to patrol the area, he said officers were frequently sent to Cotgrave or Radcliffe, where more police attention was needed.

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