South Yorkshire Police have been working with Sheffield City Council to transform a local park reported as a ‘major concern’ by local residents.
Last year, the Broomhall and Upperthorpe Neighbourhood Team carried out some door-to-door engagement activity in Broomhall, which prompted a large number of complaints about drug use around Hanover Park.
Acting Sergeant Dave Taylor says it was clear that action was needed: "Residents told our officers that bushes around the park meant that anti-social behaviour was becoming a big problem. We then completed some weapon sweeps and land searches in and around the park and found a huge amount of drug paraphernalia including dozens of used needles, close to the play area.”
Working in partnership with Community Safety Team and Sheffield City Council’s contractor, Amey, it was agreed the area was to be given a huge transformation and cleared completely, with officers continuing to attend on a regular basis and recovering further needles until work being completed.
Following further discussions, over the past two weeks, Streets Ahead workers have removed the bushes, raised as an issue by residents.
A/PS Dave Taylor:“By doing this, the space is more open and welcoming, it is less desirable for those causing anti-social behaviour and safer for young children playing in the park. The overgrown bushes are clearly a magnet for the disposal of needles and other dangerous paraphernalia, three more buckets worth were gathered during their removal.”
“This is a great example of how we can achieve results when working together, the information we gathered from local people last year, has led to the transformation of what was a dangerous space in the city.”
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