Terrified locals in street in Grimsby cover houses in plywood after spate of crimes

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    Terrified locals in street in Grimsby cover houses in plywood after spate of crimes

    Crime-ridden Grimsby street where residents have boarded up windows for THREE YEARS: Terrified locals cover houses in plywood after spate of break-ins and anti-social behaviour left them living in fear

    • Pensioner says home in Macauley Street, Grimsby, has been boarded for 3 years
    • House was originally boarded up with plywood after thug smashed windows in
    • But the pensioner says she has continued to keep it boarded because of fears 










    Terrified residents living on a street in Grimsby have revealed how they are boarding-up their homes because they fear becoming victims of crime.

    Residents in Macauley Street say they ‘don’t feel safe’ due to crime and anti-social behaviour – which they say has become ‘terrible’.

    One pensioner, who has lived on the street for nearly 50 years, says the windows of her property were smashed three years ago by a thug.

    And she has now revealed she will be keeping the plywood boards-up because she fears her windows will be smashed in again if she removes them.

     ‘It cost me £100 to board it up and I have left it as it was because I don’t ever want my window being smashed in ever again,’ said the pensioner, who has not been named.

    ‘It has been like it for three years. I have lived her for 47 years and I am too old to be getting involved in what goes on in the street.’

    It comes as police discovered a large haul of cannabis during a search of a property on the street – where average property prices are less than £50,000.

    Officers rushed to the scene on Friday after residents reported seeing masked me in white gloves attempting to break into a property in the middle of the night.

    The pensioner says she had boards put up on her home in Macauley Street, Grimsby, after her windows were smashed in by a thug three years ago.

    The pensioner says she had boards put up on her home in Macauley Street, Grimsby, after her windows were smashed in by a thug three years ago.

    What are the crime statistics for Macauley Street? 

    Crime statistics for individual streets are difficult to obtain, because most publicly available data sets are for areas or include all streets within a certain distance. 

    Macauley Street sits in the West Marsh area of Grimsby.  According to PoliceUK, the area saw a flurry of crime in September 2021.

    The policing area, which covers the town centre and part of the docks, had 232 crimes reported that month. 

    The area hit its peak of criminal reports in May 2021 when 170 were made in 30 days, compared to 120 in February 2021.

    A total of 1,724 crime reports were made in the year to September 2021. 

    According to CrimeRateUK, Grimsby was one of the most crime-ridden towns across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2020. 

    The overall crime rate in Grimsby in 2020 was 132 crimes per 1,000 people.

    This rate was considerably higher than the rate for the wider county of Lincolnshire, which was 75 crimes per 1,000 residents. 

    According to CrimeRateUK, the most common crimes in Grimsby are violence and sexual offences, with 4,853 offences reported during 2020.

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    One pensioner said she heard the bangs at 11.45pm and recognised they did not sound like fireworks.

    ‘I looked out and saw a man at the back of the house and he was wearing white gloves. 

    ‘I called 999 because it looked as if the place was being burgled and there were others nearby. We counted about five of them in all,’ she said.

    She added: ‘The police were there straight away and looked around and found it was choc-a-bloc with cannabis plants. 

    ‘They were there all night and most of Saturday too. We are never told what has happened and it was left as it was, not boarded up. 

    ‘The people that lived there will all have keys so they could come back at any time and we are all worried.’ 

    The woman said the landlord of the property had boarded up the home to prevent an evicted tenant gaining access to the property.

    But a man is then said to have repeatedly returned each night, using a ladder to gain access through an upstairs window.

    Neighbours were fed up with the risk to their property they smashed up the ladder.

    The pensioner said residents had frequently alerted police and community leaders to their concerns for safety in their neighbourhood.

    She said: ‘It is terrible living round here at the moment.

    ‘We have seen new CCTV cameras going up on Haycroft Avenue and near the subway and on Bemrose Way, Chantry Lane and there is one on Macaulay Way. 

    ‘But it is pointing the other way and doesn’t cover Macaulay Street. No camera does. We don’t feel safe.’

    A young mother told how she had lived in the street for five years and had seen crimes every week.

    ‘You see it all the time. It starts to worry you,’ she said.   

    On Friday, police discovered a large haul of cannabis during a search of a property on the street - where average property prices are less than £50,000

    On Friday, police discovered a large haul of cannabis during a search of a property on the street – where average property prices are less than £50,000

    Crime statistics for individual streets are difficult to obtain, because most publicly available data sets are for areas or include all streets within a certain distance. 

    Macauley Street sits in the West Marsh area of Grimsby.  According to PoliceUK, the area saw a flurry of crime in September 2021.

    The policing area, which covers the town centre and part of the docks, had 232 crimes reported in September. 

    Of those, 89 were said to have taken place in or around Macauley Street, including 17 reports of criminal damage or arson.

    According to CrimeRateUK, Grimsby was one of the most crime-ridden towns across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2020. 

    The overall crime rate in Grimsby in 2020 was 132 crimes per 1,000 people.

    This rate was considerably higher than the rate for the wider county of Lincolnshire, which was 75 crimes per 1,000 residents. 

    Residents say CCTV cameras have gone up on nearby roads, but they do not point towards Macaulay Street

    Residents say CCTV cameras have gone up on nearby roads, but they do not point towards Macaulay Street

    Speaking about the latest incident, a Humberside Police spokesperson said officers were called to reports of a disturbance at a property on Macaulay Street at approximately 11.15pm on Friday, October 29.

    ‘Upon attending officers discovered a large cannabis grow throughout the property. 

    ‘It is believed that two unknown men were attempting to gain access to a premise and shortly after are reported to have fled the scene.

    ‘Officers are now appealing for anybody with information who may have noticed anybody acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident or know the individuals who may be involved to contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting investigation reference 16/107036/21.

    ‘You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

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    Published at Thu, 04 Nov 2021 13:45:05 +0000

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