With close to 15,000 people having already signed a petition only launched this week that demands CCTV in Alexandra Park Hastings Police have had special patrols in the park today.
A statement from Hastings Police this afternoon said: “Officers have been on patrol in Alexandra Park this morning, talking to members of the public, giving advice and reassurances. These patrols will continue throughout the day and night, if you see officers and want to discuss any issues then feel free to stop and have a chat.”
Clair Noble who has launched the petition and an associated Facebook group says: “In light of both past and recent events highlighting the need for better safety management and crime prevention within and around Alexandra Park I have created the group to discuss and share ideas to make Alexandra Park a safer place for the community.
“We are currently petitioning to have CCTV and appropriate lighting installed within the park, and regular police patrols.
“We are calling for CCTV monitoring of all of the main routes through the park, which are regularly used by everyone from families with children to the elderly.
“I wish for a place where everyone in our community can feel protected and safe while using it. Safety within the park was brought to my immediate attention last year when my best friend was attacked while walking her dog. The investigation has recently been dropped due to lack of evidence – the police said that appropriate CCTV footage would have strengthened the case!
‘What an amazing response in such a short space of time…’
“Sadly this case is not the only case of this nature within the Park, there have been many robberies, sexual assaults and attacks both during daylight and after dark. The park is situated within a highly populated area linking the town centre and St Leonards so is also often used as a bypass route for commuters. This is why I believe it is now time to do something to prevent further crime.
“Not only is CCTV and lighting essential in terms of gathering evidence in order to convict those who use the park for criminal activity, it also as a deterrent and should be there to keep all members of our community who use the park safe.”
Kay Early who was attacked in the park while walking her dog last year adds: “I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all the support they have given me, the support you have shown your own community and also all the other victims. What an amazing response in such a short space of time, there are so many members on this group already and so many signatures on the petition. I feel inspired and ignited!
“We have a voice, we are a force, lets reclaim our community and its public spaces and lets live without fear.”
- Sign the petition here
- Join the Facebook group here