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We have joined forces with our partners at Derby City Council to work together to tackle concerns about organised criminality in part of the city.
Following concerns from residents about drug related anti-social behaviour on the Austin Estate we launched ‘Operation Rolo’ to address the issues raised.
Since March this year the joint team have been speaking to residents to better understand the problems they were experiencing which included: anti-social Behaviour, litter, anti-social/dangerous driving, drug dealing and a fear of going on the local Caxton Park.
On Saturday 10th August the team are joining residents at a Free Family Fun Day on Caxton Park to showcase the work that has been done to address the problems.
Detective Inspector Tom Wagg, who has been leading police action, said: “It is clear that from what residents were telling us that that there were some problems that were affecting their quality of life and we are determined to work with our partners to address these issues.
“We have run several plain-clothed drug operations that have led to 11 arrests, the seizure of significant quantities of controlled drugs and increased our dedicated uniform patrols in the area, including specialist road policing and speed reduction units who have targeted anti-social drivers.
“This work continues and the fun day is an important day for Operation Rolo where we can speak to residents and let them know that we are determined to carry on dealing with these problems so the area can be enjoyed by law-abiding people.”
Cllr Chris Poulter, Leader of the Council said: “Operations like Rolo really show once again the value of partnership work and I’m delighted with the success so far.
“We are committed to continuing to do everything possible to stop this type of behaviour and support the community here to feel safe and able to enjoy facilities in their area.
“We have more events planned including some clean-up days to help restore people's pride in their part of the City."
Tansy Spencer, Community Development Officer at the Sunnyhill Community Centre, said: “Our Free Family Fun on Saturday 10th August is all about bringing the community together.
“There will be many activities running on the day including: bouncy castles, face painter, go-karts as well as stalls from various organisations such as the Army, Police, Derby College, Derby Blood Bikes and many more.
“This is a great day to come out and have fun with your family and get to meet some of your neighbours making a better community for all.”
Come along to the fun day on the 10th August and speak to the team they will be there between 12midday and 4pm.There will also be opportunity to join up for Derbyshire Alert so that residents can be kept updated with actions being taken.
If you can’t get to the event but would like to speak to the team then make contact using any of the following non-emergency contact methods:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Always call 999 in an emergency.