Crime falls in Hull Road Park since 24-hour opening

Hull Road Park

Hull Road Park

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CRIMINAL damage and antisocial behaviour has fallen in a York park in the months following a decision to leave it unlocked overnight.

Concerns were raised by local residents when City of York Council decided last year to leave Hull Road Park open around the clock to cut costs.

However, new police figures show a reduction in antisocial behaviour since the changes were made.

Criminal damage fell by 40 per cent both in and outside the park between November 2013 and last month compared with the same period the previous year, and dropped 14 per cent on the three months prior to the overnight opening.

Jane Mowat, York council’s head of community safety, said the figures from North Yorkshire Police showed progress, but said the opportunity to lock the park overnight was still available if volunteers came forward.

She said: “North Yorkshire Police’s statistics show that reported crime and antisocial behaviour in the vicinity of the park is lower now than before November 2013 when we introduced the new system.

“We are still very happy though, to talk to any local voluntary groups interested in taking over locking and unlocking the park gates.”

During his regular webchat with the community this week, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Dave Jones, addressed concerns from a member of the community who claimed there had been an “increase in low to mid-level antisocial behaviour in the Hull Road Park area”.

Mr Jones said the police and the council could only respond to incidents which had been brought to their attention, and encouraged anyone who had experienced antisocial behaviour in the park to report it to them.

The resident claimed he had seen “an increase of everything from litter to public drinking in the park, right up to fighting”, with reports of “noise ’til 4am” which was “lowering residents’ quality of life”.

Mr Jones urged residents to report any incidents and said police were working with City of York Council to monitor the area.

He said: “The local team are aware and do patrol the park when they are on duty, but at this time there has been no direction to increase extra patrols.

“Clearly, we can only respond to calls that we receive.

“If you witness or you are experiencing antisocial behaviour then please contact your local team or dial 101 to report the incident.

“This will assist the local team in understanding the issues and putting patrols in place when and where required.”

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8:30am Sat 8 Feb 14

anti-rant says...

Here we go: police figures are bunkum harpies soon to arrive.
Here we go: police figures are bunkum harpies soon to arrive. anti-rant
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9:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

BL2 says...

anti-rant wrote:
Here we go: police figures are bunkum harpies soon to arrive.
Police figures are statistics, which can be used to show whatever you want to. Make that what you will. Meanwhile, view the national press for plenty of articles showing reports on how accurate or inaccurate police figures actually are.
[quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: Here we go: police figures are bunkum harpies soon to arrive.[/p][/quote]Police figures are statistics, which can be used to show whatever you want to. Make that what you will. Meanwhile, view the national press for plenty of articles showing reports on how accurate or inaccurate police figures actually are. BL2
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9:37am Sat 8 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Wait until the warm nights arrive, things will change.
Wait until the warm nights arrive, things will change. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 2

10:33am Sat 8 Feb 14

Oyy you says...

Never heard such a load of rubbish in all my life, pavilion damaged, notice boards ripped down, Brocken bottles all over the place, drug addicts and drinkers, people fighting, the place is rapidly becoming a no go area, wait for the summer and light nights to arrive and see what the crime stat's say then. Well done once again labour, you have removed the only good thing that area had left.
Never heard such a load of rubbish in all my life, pavilion damaged, notice boards ripped down, Brocken bottles all over the place, drug addicts and drinkers, people fighting, the place is rapidly becoming a no go area, wait for the summer and light nights to arrive and see what the crime stat's say then. Well done once again labour, you have removed the only good thing that area had left. Oyy you
  • Score: 4

11:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

eboricana says...

I personally do not believe one single word of anything north Yorkshire police say.They have, in the past,not been entirely truthful about the crime statistics, I lived near this park for 14 years until very recently and they must see the world through very different eyes to mine because there is a lot a very anti social behaviour and people; do not report it for fear of being attacked! The two local councillors are pretty useless one of whom is on the police committee (neither of whom live in the ward) that says it all for me!
I personally do not believe one single word of anything north Yorkshire police say.They have, in the past,not been entirely truthful about the crime statistics, I lived near this park for 14 years until very recently and they must see the world through very different eyes to mine because there is a lot a very anti social behaviour and people; do not report it for fear of being attacked! The two local councillors are pretty useless one of whom is on the police committee (neither of whom live in the ward) that says it all for me! eboricana
  • Score: -3

4:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

eeoodares says...

I witnessed a car drive into the back of a parked car, it then pulled away and sped off down North Street dragging its bumper. There was a lady in the parked car, I asked if she was OK and rang 999 to report the driver before he killed someone.

The person who answered the call, told me that I should not be ringing 999 because it was not an emergency, she would take no details. I was told to ring the non-emergency number...I tried, gave up and the crime was not reported.

Perhaps this is why crime stats are falling!
I witnessed a car drive into the back of a parked car, it then pulled away and sped off down North Street dragging its bumper. There was a lady in the parked car, I asked if she was OK and rang 999 to report the driver before he killed someone. The person who answered the call, told me that I should not be ringing 999 because it was not an emergency, she would take no details. I was told to ring the non-emergency number...I tried, gave up and the crime was not reported. Perhaps this is why crime stats are falling! eeoodares
  • Score: 18

7:29pm Sat 8 Feb 14

jimbell says...

“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
― Émile Zola
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” ― Émile Zola jimbell
  • Score: 2

9:07pm Sat 8 Feb 14

babybear5 says...

Since the park has been unlocked 24hrs, there has been broken glass all over the paths that's been left there for weeks, empty spirt bottles everywhere & lots of empty cider bottles floating in the beck, although the beck was never clean it is now much much worse than it was before the park was kept unlocked!
Since the park has been unlocked 24hrs, there has been broken glass all over the paths that's been left there for weeks, empty spirt bottles everywhere & lots of empty cider bottles floating in the beck, although the beck was never clean it is now much much worse than it was before the park was kept unlocked! babybear5
  • Score: 7

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