HAILSHAM: Crime hotspot tag angers residents

Oldfield Crescent
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FURIOUS residents have hit out at ‘misleading’ figures which painted their road as an anti-social behaviour hotspot.

According to the police’s new crime mapping website, Police UK, there were 11 reports of anti-social behaviour on or near Oldfield Crescent in December alone - the largest number of incidents on any street in Hailsham that month.

But homeowners on the quiet residential cul-de-sac were left fuming at the website figures quoted by the Gazette (February 9) which they say could not be further from the truth.

Sussex Police were unable to find any record of crime on the road and believe the website findings could be down to teething problems in the system.

Chairman of the Harmers Hay Residents’ Association Bob Taylor, 68, has lived on the Crescent for seven years and said he had never known any kind of trouble on the road.

“The estate is well cared for and is a nice place to live.

“We keep an eye out for each other and we support people when it is needed. We are that sort of people,” he said.

“In those seven years I have lived here, I don’t think I have ever seen anything.

“We are not that sort of people and we are not young enough to go around smashing each other over the head!

“It is simply a mistake. I have been in touch with our local police in Hailsham and there is nothing.

“I’m not saying the estate is 100 per cent perfect but the small complaints police have had with noisy children have not even been recorded.

“It is an outright mistake. People quite simply got it wrong,” he added.

Jenny Dry, 67, from Oldfield Crescent said, “It couldn’t be further from the truth. It is such a nice road, we all keep an eye out for each other and there is always someone there to help day or night if I ever need anything.

“One of the reasons why we moved to Oldfield Crescent was because it was so lovely, it was a bit of a haven. We are so close knit and so quiet.

“It is absolutely ridiculous to even think something like that about Oldfield Crescent,” she said.

A spokesman for the National Policing Improvement Agency which runs the Police UK website, said the data is supplied by each police force from their crime and incident recording systems.

Each dot on the crime map marks the approximate location where a crime or incident of anti-social behaviour has been reported to the police.

“Incidents have been mapped to a point on or near to the street where they have occurred, but will not be shown on streets that have fewer than 12 postal addresses,” he said.

“This is to protect the privacy of individuals, whilst giving local people the local information they want about crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.

“We cannot comment on specific cases. With regard to Oldfield Crescent, the ASB incidents may relate to the area rather than just the street,” he added.