Thousands join Hucknall social media group in a bid to crack crime
Thousands of people are coming together in a bid to stand united and tackle crime in Hucknall through a new group on social media.
The group, entitled ‘Hucknall Cracks Crime’, was started in June and already has more than 2,000 members. It allows people to post about issues, warn people of any potential threats and offer advice for people who are struggling or going through a tough time.
One of the founders said: “There was no crime page for the Hucknall community, one that touched purely on crime.
"When it is a group set up for multiple subjects then the posts can get lost.
“The Hucknall community feel their voices are not being heard. The same offenders keep reappearing for the same crimes over and over.
“The Hucknall community have the same common goal and that is to crack crime together.
“I would like to arrange some sort of volunteer community patrol that has the support/training from the police, have photos released to the group of the persons prosecuted in Hucknall and to make people aware of who is banned from which area and for what time period.
“I would also like Ashfield District Council to work with us on anti-social behaviour. No one should be made to feel unsafe in their own home or have to put up with unacceptable behaviour.
"It’s time for us all to stand together to help these problem areas.
"I was not even aware of this massive issue until the page was created and lots of residents have reached out.”
Reports are appearing on the page ranging from vandalism to anti-social behaviour.
Superintendent Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “The most effective way to report a crime or information is always directly through the police. That’s calling 101, reporting online through our website or dialling 999 in an emergency. Anyone who wishes to stay anonymous can also provide information through the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
“Our officers are trained and have the expertise and resources to investigate, and we would urge people to contact us directly with any reports or incidents so they can be assured that we are aware of the incident and appropriate measures are taken.”