Rising tensions in the Thorndyke Ave area of Grove Hill, Longlands and Beechwood ward, Middlesbrough have led to Thirteen Group receiving in excess of 6 recent urgent requests to move from the area as residents do not feel safe.
Some issues have and are being reported to agencies. However, many residents have expressed serious concerns that they will be targeted if they give information to agencies.
Incidents in area include, assaults, criminal damage to both properties and vehicles and threatening behaviour to residents and agency staff. Suspected class A drug dealing, motorbike nuisance, public order disturbances and arson also take place.
Thirteen Group, Police, Fire Brigade and Middlesbrough Borough Council have developed an action plan.
The plan includes a range of interventions to help resolve the issues. However, it is not felt that these interventions go far enough to address the deep rooted and persistent behaviours, which have historically and are continuing to blight this area.
At a recent, multi agency Joint Action Group meeting, it was agreed that an Anti- Ram Pole was required to host CCTV in Thorndyke Avenue. This is in order to gather intelligence to take enforcement action.
CCTV will also give residents some protection when reporting incidents. It will enable authorities to match anonymous reports with dates/times to footage gathered from the camera.
An Anti Vandal Pole, Anti Ram base, Camera- 4G Connection and sim Card and Anti attack alarm on the pole will cost £13,000.
Investment will enable footage to be viewed and monitored at Middlesbrough CCTV Centre.
Vizsec Security Systems will supply the equipment. They supply and fit all CCTV for Middlesbrough Borough Council.
This is a multi agency solution to an ongoing issues of concerns to community safety partners and local residents.
It is proposed that this investment is joint funded by the key agencies, with the following agreed contributions:
- Thirteen Group – £3,000
- Fire Brigade – £3,000
- Local Authority Area Care – £3,000
- Local Authority Community Safety – £500
The PCC will contribute £3,000 towards the cost of the equipment.