Patrols increased as investigations into two serious assaults in the Heanor area
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Patrols are being increased in Heanor after two serious assaults in the town in recent weeks.
The two offences, the first taking take place in Heanor Memorial Park and the second in Shipley Park, have seen a number of people arrested and bailed in connection with them.
The victim of the Shipley Park assault remains in hospital where he is recovering from his injuries, while the victim of the Memorial Park incident was treated for injuries to his face and is recovering at home.
Inspector Sarah Yendley, who leads the policing team in the area, said: “These two incidents have caused understandable concern in the community.
“The investigations into the two incidents have seen seven people - aged between 14 and 17 – arrested and bailed.
“As a force we are taking these incidents very seriously – with detectives following a number of lines of enquiry to bring those responsible to justice.
“Targeted patrols are being undertaken in both parks over the coming days and I would urge anyone who has concerns or information to speak to officers.”
The incidents follow significant incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town centre in the April and May of this year – including nuisance motorbike and dangerous cycling, criminal damage, small fires, egg throwing and graffiti.
Inspector Yendley said: “The team has worked, and continues to work, alongside colleagues in the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership to help address the concerns around anti-social behaviour and nine young people were issued with Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts.
“The contracts are a tool used to help young people and their parents monitor and regulate their behaviour. Should there be any breaches officers can look to take further action.
“The force has also used dispersal orders to give officers extra powers to move people on from a particular area – as well as taking young people home if they are under the age of 16.
“We will continue to work closely with partners to help deter young people away from this type of activity – and robustly deal with those who continue to cause issues in our community.
“It is also crucial that the local community continues to report issues they are seeing to ensure that officers have got the most up to date information and intelligence to inform their patrols and work.”
Anyone with information about the Heanor Memorial Park assault which took place on 21 August between 4.45pm and 6pm (reference 22*486582) or the Shipley Park assault which took place on Friday 2 September shortly before 9pm (reference 22*512397) is asked to contact the force using any of the below methods:
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