RESIDENTS in Stanton Hill should contact the police as soon as they become aware of a crime.
That is the advice given at a residents’ meeting last week, when folk were given the chance to quiz representatives from Ashfield District Council and PCSO Linda Foreman - whose Sutton North beat covers Stanton Hill, Teversal, Skegby and parts of Sutton.
Chairing the meeting was Ashfield district councillor Ann Patrick, whose ward includes Stanton Hill.
She said: “We want drinking and drugs especially curbing because we have all had enough.
“We have put up with it for such a long time and the police don’t seem to do anything even when they know who they are.”
But PCSO Foreman said that the police can only arrest someone if they have enough intelligence on them - and this means residents should contact the police as soon as possible.
She told the meeting: “We can’t do anything if we are not getting the information.”
People were asked to contact the police as soon as possible and to give as much information as they could such as time, place and description.
Olive Parkes, who is chairman of the Safer Neighbourhood Committee, praised the work of the police.
“You don’t always see a lot of them but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, especially regarding the drugs.
“They do a lot of good work - but there needs to be a lot of evidence before they can do anything.”
She also said that crime levels in the village had dropped.
“Compared to last year, this place is a pleasure to walk about in,” she said.
“If you were here a year ago, people were too scared to go out of their front door in the day time, let alone the night time.”
Meanwhile, the idea of bringing street pastors to Stanton Hill, like the ones in Hucknall, was also discussed.
PCSO Foreman said: “They are making such a difference.
“It’s a positive initiative and it’s one of the things I’m keen to take forward.”
Street pastors, who are volunteers, ensure people get home safely at night.
l To speak to the police about a crime incident contact101 or Crime Stoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.