Hundreds sign petition calling for better security at Stoke-on-Trent park after gang attacks and stabbings



A petition has been launched calling for improved security at a Stoke-on-Trent park overrun with gangs and druggies.

Hundreds of concerned residents would like to see improved CCTV, better lighting and increased police patrols brought in at Hanley’s Central Forest Park.

It comes after a 63-year-old stroke victim suffered slash wounds to his hands during a robbery on Monday afternoon (June 22).

And a woman was left with an horrific eye injury after being attacked less than 24 hours ealier.

The petition reads: “After reaching out on social media I have realised how many incidents there has been in Central Forest Park.

“There have been three in total in the last week including a young boy whose money was stolen by grown adults and a lady who was attacked because she didn’t want to buy drugs off somebody in the park area.

“Something needs to be done. It is going too far now and children and adults can’t even enjoy themselves in the park grounds anymore without the worry of what might happen. I will no longer take my children to this park which is a shame.

“We are asking for security to be patrolling the area more often.

“We are hoping and asking as many people as we can to support our views, wishes and feelings so we can all feel safer to go to our local parks.”

StokeonTrentLive readers today backed the petition.

Rebecca Liston said: “It was last year that my partner got jumped on his way home around 5pm by three males and they took his phone.

“We reported to the police as it was right next to the skate park but the CCTV wasn’t good enough quality.

“A couple of days later saw the phone on Gumtree and let the police know but nothing ever came of it.

“There’s not enough lights in the park especially during winter months, it’s pitch black. There’s nowhere near enough CCTV either.

“It’s a popular park and I’m hoping some changes will help make it feel safer.”

Samantha Williams said: “It’s a fab park to walk with the dogs, play with the kids. It’s also a great hang out for the skaters. There needs to be some sort of patrol.

“I spent a lot of my time here as a kid and to see what’s happening is horrible.”

And Lynn Dudley added: “What kind of world are we living in when a disabled man gets  mugged in broad daylight, it’s absolutely shocking.”

Nearly 500 people have already signed the petion. To add your name, click here.





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