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Over £1m of funding secured to tackle crime in three areas

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison is delighted to announce another successful application into the Home Office Safer Streets fund (Safer Streets 5) which will see our biggest Safer streets project to date.

A £1.3m investment has been secured to tackle neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour in three locations across the Humber area. This follows previous positive interventions in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Beverley since 2021.  

Project 1 - North Lincolnshire – A £500,000 investment in the Crosby, Park and Town wards in Scunthorpe.

Project 2 - Hull – A £500,000 investment in the Orchard Park Estate in north Hull.

Both these projects will address common themes including:

•            Poorly lit streets

•            Sites blighted by household waste / fly tipping

•            Drugs, Anti-Social Behaviour, Nuisance motorcycles and theft.

•            A combination of high accessibility and poor physical security of dwellings with multiple escape routes.

Interventions will include:

•            CCTV upgrades.

•            Improved street lighting.

•            Target hardening for victims of neighbourhood crimes – using smart water for victims of          burglary and car theft.

•            Clearance of areas with high levels of fly tipping.

•            Upgrading of local park, (youth outreach support included)

•            Funding of neighbourhood network to increase the number of Neighbourhood Watch groups across the area and includes a community fund.

•            Anti-Social Behaviour awareness packs.

Project 3 – An additional £300,000 funding has been secured for a project in North East Lincolnshire.

A further project will be delivered in Grimsby Town Centre seeking to address Anti-Social Behaviour, shop theft and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). The project includes the renovation of a community building hosting multi agency teams. A focus on support and intervention around homelessness and street-based community members to help them to access services and employment. It also includes the implementation of a new Night-time Economy VAWG Ambassador role.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “When I took office in 2021 one of my priorities was to maximise the amount of funding into our region from central Government to help achieve the aims of my Police and Crime Plan. This latest successful award from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund will bring new initiatives into locations where it can really make a difference to the people who live and work there, resulting in more resilient and safer communities.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This Government cash is a welcome boost for residents. Jonathan is working hard to access this funding to make sure families across the area can be safe and stay safe.

"We will be speaking to residents about the plans to ensure they can get involved in shaping the final scheme."

Cllr Dave McCobb, whose portfolio includes antisocial behaviour and community safety at Hull City Council, said: “Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is one of our top priorities – and we know it is for residents as well. That is why we introduced our new Crime Prevention Fund last year that is already delivering crime-prevention projects across Hull.

“Knocking and doors and listening to residents across HU6 earlier this year earlier this year it was very clear to me just how badly needed this project is, and in Orchard Park particularly. I am delighted that we have helped deliver this huge boost in funding to tackle anti-social behaviour in the HU6 area.

“Money from the Crime Prevention Fund money has provided a vital contribution to the overall pot, helping us secure funding from the Safer Streets Fund and the Police & Crime Commissioner. Working together we have delivered a huge new investment in making HU6 safer.”

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities in North East Lincolnshire, said: “I’m really pleased that the region has been successful in bidding for more Safer Streets funding to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Previously, Safer Streets funding has been used in parts of East and West Marsh to make people feel safer in their communities, and to secure spaces that are perceived as being hot spots for anti-social behaviour.

“With this project, we’ll be focussing on Grimsby town centre, tackling issues such as homelessness and violence against women.”

Posted on Wednesday 1st November 2023