Locals ‘think police have lost control’

NEAABE111005g1, Oakash court, Nuthall
NEAABE111005g1, Oakash court, Nuthall
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A CAMPAIGN has been stepped up to resolve anti-social behaviour problems at a block of flats in Nuthall.

Councillors have been in meetings with police over the problems at Oakash Court, and say the problem is getting ‘worse and worse’ with people in the area ‘frightened to go out’.

Cllr Philip Owen said: “It’s really reached serious proportions.

“Residents in the area are living in fear. They have been threatened, intimidated, and they believe the police have lost control.

“It’s weekend after weekend of drunken, loutish behaviour.”

Several eviction notices have been served on people living at the complex, which is between Ash Crescent and Larkfield Road.

But Cllr Owen said he has written to the area’s top cop Insp Craig Berry and Nottinghamshire’s Chief Constable Julia Hodson, calling for them to take even more action.

One of the problems is outdoor drinking, say the police and councillors. The area, like Kimberley, has a ban on outdoor drinking, but because people booze on the grassed area immediately outside the flats, it is classed as private property and the police cannot do anything about it.

Sgt Andy Browning said: “High visibility patrols are being carried out in the area as part of work to drive down anti-social behaviour in and around Oakash Court.

“We are working closely with the landlord and local authority to target individual causing disorder and are committed to tackling any form of anti-social behaviour.”

The Advertiser reported how a man was stabbed outside the flats earlier this month.