People living in a part of Normanton have threatened to stop paying council tax amid fears of escalating anti-social behaviour. At a heated neighbourhood forum meeting last night, residents said they felt that Derby City Council had "abandoned" the area.
The meeting, at St Augustine's Community Centre, in Almond Street, attracted scores of people from the Stanton Street area – and some of them claimed the trouble was being caused by Eastern European members of the community. But police said they had no evidence a particular ethnic group was to blame.
One resident said: "In the last two years we've seen many families of the Roma community move into this area. "The fly-tipping and rubbish has increased and it's common to see settees, mattresses and bags of food appear on the streets.
"The noise and music can also be horrendous and this has a huge impact on the lives of people living nearby." Other people said they had been accused of racism. One resident said he felt the only way the council would listen to them is if they stopped paying council tax.
But Sergeant Simon Adams, of Peartree and Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said police did not want to victimise any ethnic minority group. "A lot of the problems reported to us do seem to suggest people of Eastern European background are involved but with any anti-social behaviour we deal with it the way we always do," he said.
Sergeant Adams said that he would look into applying for a Section 30 dispersal order, to give police powers to move on groups thought to be causing trouble. "However some are targeting Roma families that have moved into the area. We do need to work together to rectify this problem." One minute the Police admit that there is an Eastern European problem, Sgt Adams:-"A lot of the problems reported to us do seem to suggest people of Eastern European background are involved”
And in the same breath they say: - “but police said they had no evidence a particular ethnic group was to blame.” It is of course obvious to the residents that since the Roma have arrived the problems have started, so the police ‘Public Servants’ by the way should forget the race card and deal with the problems that these Roma are causing. The tax payers of our country deserve police protection as after all we pay their wages and this is our country.
Tom Linden (NF Press and Publicity)