Residents in a Nottingham street which has experienced problems with anti-social behaviour say there is still a “strong sense of community”.
There have been reported problems with fighting and anti-social behaviour near Bank Wood Close, near the Broxtowe area of the city.
There were 17 reports to Nottinghamshire Police of potential crimes in the area in June this year alone – seven of which were for anti-social behaviour, five being for violent or sexual offences.
Police UK data shows where different incidents have been reported – one incident may have been reported more than once by different members of the public.
Despite some issues, residents say they love living there – and that the community looks out for one another year round.
Kayleigh Young, 29, has lived in her house for five years. She said: “I’ve never had any trouble myself but there is a lot of fighting and arguments that go on around here, that sort of thing.
“It’s more of the low level stuff that I see. If anything it’s calmed down a bit recently, I think that’s because the weather has got a bit colder and it’s a bit darker that less people hang around outside and cause trouble.
“Still, we love living here. The majority of people are absolutely lovely.”
Another Bankwood Close resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve lived here for over 10 years.
“I think there is a bit of a problem with anti-social behaviour here, but that’s not just true with this street but this part of Nottingham.
“It’s just people hanging round, fighting, causing trouble for trouble’s sake. It’s never nice when it’s dark as well, it can be quite intimidating when you see groups of people like that.
“But I love it here. We’re quite tucked away and you feel like people look out for each other, which is nice. I think that’s quite rare.
“I’m very happy here and I can put up with a bit of trouble every now and again.”
Not everyone agrees there are many problems, however, and some residents haven’t experienced many problems at all near their home.
Charlotte Taylor, who also lives on the close, told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s very quiet I think around here.
“You don’t get any passing traffic or anything, anyone that comes up here is doing so for a reason. There are some young kids that play on the grass but I’ve never seen them causing any trouble.”
Inspector Gordon Fenwick, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We have taken enforcement activity against one suspect in the area who is under investigation on suspicion of drug offences and we are continuing to engage with the local community.
“As a force we continue to listen to our communities and tackle those issues which matter most to them and we will always take positive action on intelligence we receive.
“We understand the impact antisocial behaviour and violence can have on people’s lives and that’s why we remain committed to protecting people from harm by proactively targeting these issues, to prevent incidents from happening in the first place, as well as working closely with partners to reduce criminality even further.”
Inspector Fenwick criticised the use of Police.UK data as they do not “illustrate numbers of actual crime – they show reports of crime” and it can be the case a crime is reported by more than one person.
Latest Office for National Statistics data shows “all crime fell by 21 percent in Nottinghamshire in the last financial year”, he added.
Inspector Fenwick added: “People in Nottinghamshire can be reassured that crime is reducing here at a bigger rate than almost all other places in the country thanks to our proactive policing style, including dedicated teams to tackle issues that impact on people most such as robbery, burglary and knife crime. Our specialist Reacher teams have also had an incredible impact in every neighbourhood across Nottinghamshire.”