Shirebrook rally calls for more policing after crime spate

Scenes in Shirebrook Market place during the 'Shirebrook Standing Together''protest. Protest organiser Troy Kissane addressing the crowds
Scenes in Shirebrook Market place during the 'Shirebrook Standing Together''protest. Protest organiser Troy Kissane addressing the crowds

Concerned Shirebrook residents joined a protest rally to ask for more policing in the town after a recent spate of violence and threats.

Community campaign group Shirebrook Together held the protest at Shirebrook Market, on Saturday afternoon, from 1pm, on November 7.

Group spokesman Troy Kissane said the rally was held after at least three incidents over the past five weeks.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: “We have been in dialogue with the organisers of the protest for some weeks. The protest on Saturday was peaceful and passed without incident, which was the full intention of the organisers. We will continue to work with them in the future to address any concerns they have as best we can.”

Mr Kissane claims the town’s population is getting bigger but feels there is limited policing in Shirebrook, Langwith and a few other villages.

However, police stated the area is covered by dozens of officers and Shirebrook is also covered by five neighbourhood beat officers.

Mr Kissane highlighted how a man has been kicked unconscious, a woman has been assaulted and another woman was targeted in an attempted robbery for her phone in recent weeks.

Police confirmed they are investigating an alleged assault on a woman on a path between Long Lane and Swanwick Avenue, Shirebrook, on October 9, in an area known as Hut Hill.

Officers are also investigating allegations of an assault on the Market Place, on October 16, at 9pm, after a 23-year-old man sustained cuts to his head. A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with this offence and released on police bail.

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old were also arrested in connection with an alleged assault on the 35-year-old man.

They were also released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Derbyshire Constabulary has previously placed mobile stations on Market Place on October 31 and November 1 to allow people to discuss any concerns. Shirebrook Together held a previous march and protest in June after violence flared in the town centre with anti-social behaviour by migrant workers.

Mr Kissane argued the original protest had led to greater police patrols but since these have been reduced trouble has been returning to the town.

Anyone with information about crimes should call police on 101.