MANSFIELD police chiefs have joined forces with several council teams to clean up a crime-ridden street in the town.
Arrests have been made and problem residents evicted in the operation to bring Lord Street back under control for its residents.
Officers worked with Mansfield District Council’s neighbourhood wardens, its anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, housing department and environmental health team to take action on the street.
Insp Neil Williams said: “The street was a magnet for offenders who were committing acquisitive crime in and around the town centre.
“Auto crime and burglary offences were also being linked back to the street, as well as antisocial behaviour and drug use.”
Three men were arrested in connection with drug offences as a result of search warrants. Two were charged with the production of cannabis and since September three residents have been given acceptable behaviour contracts while one resident has been served with an injunction.
There were also four evictions on the street, one of which was carried out by the council, while the others were handled by private landlords.
Police discovered people living in seven houses on the street were stealing electricity, resulting in two of them being potential fire hazards. The electricity supply to each house was disconnected.
The council’s environmental health team has also served enforcement notices on residents to remove any waste that has built up outside their homes and the occupants of two premises were warned they would face eviction if the state of their homes did not improve.
Insp Williams added: “This is an ongoing, joint operation to clean up Lord Street. We want to make this area a more enjoyable and safer place for people to live.
“Officers and neighbourhood wardens have been visiting residents to discuss the operation and the feedback we have had so far is very positive. Some of them have commented that they have never known the area be so quiet.
“We have made huge strides in Lord Street but we will not become complacent. We will continue to work with the residents there to make it a safer place for everyone.
“We also hope to replicate the success we have had here at other key hotspot areas in the future.”
Lord Street resident Zoe Holmes (28) said the street was much safer for residents following the operation.
She said: “There were homeless people and heroin addicts, dirty needles on the street. It was like someone was being burgled all the time.
“The crime rate was unreal. But since the council has dug in and done what they said they were going to do, things are a lot better and safer for the children.
“They took a lot of them to court and gave them warnings. The council dug their heels in and evicted the people who needed to be evicted.”
Another resident said the street was much quieter since the council had evicted people who were causing problems.
“It’s been a nightmare. I have two teenage daughters and a child of six.
“We have been woken at two and three o’clock in the morning. I have been here for 30 years and it used to be quiet when you knew everyone but they just let anybody live here now.”
A Mansfield police spokesman said information provided anonymously by the public had been crucial.
l Anyone who would like to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact Mansfield District Council in confidence on 01623 463 377.
To report a crime call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.