Crime falls 15% in urban wards

CRIME in the Central, North Bay and Northstead wards of Scarborough has fallen by more than 15 per cent, new figures reveal.

The quarterly statistics, for July, August and September, show a total of 266 crimes in the three months compared to 315 in the same period last year.

Sergeant Kevin Dunn and PC Alex Parker gave the update on recent police activities at the community and police meeting for the area.

Sgt Dunn said: “Although there has been a drop in the number of reports of anti-social behaviour there is still a continued issue relating to the North Bay chalets, Alexandra Bowls Centre and shelters located on the cliff top.

“Within the last month Clark Street has also been identified as a potential hotspot for anti-social behaviour with sporadic incidents ranging from alcohol-fuelled violence to gatherings of youths resulting in damage being caused.”

Sgt Dunn said they were looking at installing temporary CCTV in Clark Street and that anti-social behaviour diaries had been provided to residents.

He also gave details of an underage alcohol-fuelled party which was broken up on September 23 after officers saw it being organised on Facebook and a recent spate of opportunistic thefts in the central ward.

In relation to the thefts, two well-known offenders have been arrested and have been remanded in custody as they await trial.

PC Parker said that police in Scarborough were continuing to target drug offences, and that in the three month period, 38 warrants had been executed in the North Bay, Central and Northstead wards.

“The more information we get the more we can do with it,” PC Parker said. “I will break people’s doors down and I will get the drug dealers.”

In the areas, thefts rose by 25 overall. The number of criminal damage offences dropped by 32, residential burglaries dropped by six and violence against the person fell by 12. Four cars were stolen over the three months.