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Police in Derby step-up patrols to support community during Ramadan celebrations

Posted on 1st June 2017
Nazir Hussain and Ranjit Dol Nazir Hussain and Insp. Ranjit Dol

Our Safer Neighbourhood officers in Normanton and Rosehill, Derby are stepping up patrols to support their community during Ramadan this year. 

Muslims started fasting for Ramadan last week on the pre-dawn of Saturday, May 27 and then broke the fast at the time of sunset on the same day. Ramadan continues for 30 days until Sunday, June 25. There are five prayers during the day and the last prayer (Isha) which will be at 11.00pm and lasts for 1.5hrs. 

Inspector Ranjit Dol, who is in charge of policing at Derby West Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “We very much understand that Muslims living in Derby are joining others across the world celebrating Ramadan and that this is a time of family celebration. 

“We want to ensure that there is a visible presence in the area to allow this time to pass peacefully for all of our communities.” 

One of the actions being taken will see additional Operation Scarlett patrols. This is on-going action to crackdown on the problem of prostitution and kerb crawling. 

PC Andy Hardy from the Rose Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team who heads this operation, said: “Operation Scarlett is action we take during the whole year in response to concerns residents have about prostitution. 

“We know that during Ramadan there will be more members of our Muslim communities out and about during the hours of darkness with their families and so the issues of soliciting, sex workers and prostitution is far more sensitive at these times and our response is therefore increased accordingly.” 

Officers are also talking to the Muslim community ahead of the holiday to try and discourage previous anti-social behaviour displayed by some younger members. 

Inspector Dol explained: “At the conclusion of Ramadan and during Eid celebrations, in past years we have seen issues with a small minority of the younger element of the Muslim community using this time to celebrate in an inappropriate fashion, which has had an impact on others living in the area. Cars have been driven around in an anti-social manner and large groups have congregated in car parks making a noise and causing a disturbance late at
night. 

“We have been giving advise that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take action to ensure that all communities feel safe during this time of celebration.” 

Nazir Hussain of Derby’s Jamia Mosque, supports the police initiative and said: “At our prayers, which are attended by approximately 2000 people, we will be delivering a special sermon covering the social behaviour and caring for the neighbourhood and communities. 

“Parents will be advised to be vigilant of their children and ensure that they do not engage in any form of anti-social behaviour in our communities.” 

If you have any concerns about these issues please call the Normanton or Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams on 101. Alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.

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