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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Major police operation in Carlisle area blighted by criminals

A major policing operation is underway, aimed at giving a community blighted by crime and antisocial behaviour back to its residents.

Dowbeck StreetSafe photo
From left, PC Ian Keir, Police and Crime Comissioner Richard Rhodes, Carlisle city councilllor for Castle Ward Olwyn Luckley and Tracey Edmondson, of Riverside Housing

Dozens of officers were joined by trading standards, firefighters, council and housing officials visiting neighbours in the Dowbeck Road area of Carlisle.

A total of 226 homes in the estate were due to be visited in the two-night Street Safe drive which got underway last night.

The aim was to find out what people were most worried about and how the issues can be tackled in future.

It comes after firefighters and paramedics were attacked by a gang in Dowbeck Road on Bonfire Night as they tried to put out a fire. Nine men have been arrested and released on bail on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage following the incident. One man has been charged with causing criminal damage.

Meanwhile, a recent environmental study uncovered other problems such as piles of rubbish, damaged fences, graffiti and general mess in the area.

PC Ian Keir, who is leading the operation, said: “The aim is to give the community back to the residents who live in it.

“We want to find out what the issues are and work with the residents to sort them out. In effect, it is a way of them taking ownership of their community with ultimate goal of creating a safe and happy place to live.”

Local councillor Olwyn Luckley said the Bonfire Night violence was just one example of the recent problems residents have to live with on a regular basis.

“I have represented this ward for nine years and in the early years there were a lot of disturbances”, she said. “In the last 12 to 15 months things have improved but we have recently started having these incidents like the one on Bonfire Night.”

Carlisle MP John Stevenson, who is due to be represented at tomorrow night’s operation, said emergency services workers shouldn’t feel threatened when doing their jobs.

Craig Drinkald, Carlisle west fire station manager, said: “We’re disappointed by the recent event but we will continue to work with residents on any concerns they may have so that people feel safe in their neighbourhood. There is no use in standing by and watching it happen so it is good to see this kind of reassurance.”

Inspector Barry Bell, of the Carlisle West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said officers would be looking to set up groups within the community to get residents actively involved in tackling the issues.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, who also joined in with the campaign, said: “The number of agencies represented is very impressive and it shows a really good community spirit.”

Have your say

@ Mr C Have you seen the cost of the bmw x5's that they are using !!! they are not cheap & relaibilty i'm sorry but they ain't that good,there are cheaper more relaible cars out there they DON'T NEED BMW'S its as simple as that!!!

Posted by djr on 11 December 2013 at 12:22

The expensive toys/bmw patrol cars replaced the old unreliable Volvo fleet and are cheaper to buy and run than Volvo's.
How many police/pcso positions could be made if the PCC's were scrapped?

Posted by Mr C on 11 December 2013 at 01:04

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