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Norfolk's Chief Constable patrols streets of King's Lynn where residents don't feel safe

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Norfolk’s Chief Constable has been patrolling the streets of Lynn to see for himself where residents say they do not feel safe.

Paul Sanford was responding to the feedback given to the force’s new Street Safe app, which allows users to identify hot-spots of anti-social behaviour and crime.

Among the places he visited was Lynn bus station - a frequent venue for anti-social behaviour in recent years.

Chief Constable Paul Sanford with PC Alex McNulty at KL Bus Station (52866377)
Chief Constable Paul Sanford with PC Alex McNulty at KL Bus Station (52866377)

Norfolk police said yesterday that officers have been patrolling hot-spot areas, including parts of Lynn in a bid to keep the streets safe and particularly tackle violence against women and girls.

This follows on from the tragic murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of a police officer in London.

People have reported feeling unsafe via the Street Safe online tool.

The Lynn News asked how people felt about going to Lynn now.

Tamara Bennett. said: “I live in Lynn and I don’t feel safe walking around on my own. I’m constantly watching my surroundings or looking over my shoulder.”

Gemma Marie Summers said she did not very safe at all. “I now avoid going there,” she said.

Pam Robinson said: “If we had more police walking around I would feel safer.”

However some say they feel “perfectly safe” walking around the town.

Jan Wilson said: “I have walked around Lynn in the evening and felt perfectly safe.”

The Safer Streets campaign follows on from Chief Constable Paul Sanford’s pledge to work with communities and reassure people in their local areas with a visible presence in crime hot-spots and areas people feel unsafe.

Mr Sanford, who has been patrolling with officers in Lynn as part of the Park, Walk and Talk initiative, has been targeting areas people feel unsafe, will be part of the visible presence in Street Safe hot-spots over the coming weeks.

He said: “We are taking action based on the information fed back directly from communities.

“We know a visible presence provides reassurance and is an effective way of reducing crime. The Street Safe tool is running until at least the end of this month so we would encourage people to continue to let us know the areas they feel are unsafe in our county.

“This initiative will help us to ensure that our time patrolling is spent in the areas where it will have the greatest impact for local residents.”

“After our initial launch we have had a total of 405 reports from members of the public via the Street Safe tool, a Home Office pilot scheme up until the end of November.

“We are using this information alongside crime figures for different areas to deliver a visible presence and will be using drones as an additional measure in some hotspots.

“Officers are sharing information about their patrols via district social media accounts under #StreetSafe.

“If you would like to report an area you feel is unsafe, we are particularly encouraging women and girls to report, please click on www.police.uk.”

Officers working on their own, will proactively offer to carry out a verification check for anyone they come across who appears, as a result of their interaction with police, to be concerned for their safety.

A member of the public can also request that a verification check be carried out and police say will respond immediately.

The Street Safe tool will be promoted via Norfolk Constabulary’s social media channels. Please follow us on Twitter @NorfolkPolice on our Norfolk Constabulary Facebook page and on Instagram norfolkpolice.

If you are in immediate danger you should still call 999.

Police 101 is the non-emergency number. Some charities and organisations will also be offering support.

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