Is Bridge Place the worst in Worksop?

BRIDGE Place is one of the most crime-ridden streets in Worksop - according to figures published on a brand-new government website launched this week.

The town centre street and surrounding area had the highest recorded number of anti-social behaviour and vehicle crimes in December last year.

This was closely followed by hot-spots around Ryton Street, Church Walk and Prospect Precinct.

By logging into and typing in a postcode, people can view total figures for all incidents, as well as view individual categories for burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and other - including drug offences and shoplifting.

The site, which allows street by street searches, also shows anti-social behaviour is the biggest problem in Worksop - with 162 cases out a total of 318.

X-Cetra bar owner Mark Churchill said pub policing was efficient on Bridge Place but this could mean problems were forced elsewhere.

“It’s easy for anyone to escape to the side streets or down Church Walk, towards the Canch area. I know funding is tight, but CCTV down Church Walk would really help to make a difference.”

Worksop Inspector Gail Hart said: “Bridge Place is a busy part of the town centre and has a number of popular shops, pubs and bars. As a result, the street currently has higher levels of crime and antisocial behaviour than others in Worksop.

“The Neighbourhood Policing Team for Worksop Town Centre is working closely with our partners and regular patrols are carried out with Bassetlaw Council Neighbourhood wardens to tackle these problems.”

The site has proved extremely popular since its launch on Tuesday and repeatedly crashed as up to 18 million people logged on.

People can view information on a street-by-street basis, apart from for streets containing less than 12 properties for “privacy reasons”.

Notts Police assistant chief constable Paul Scarrott said the site would enable the community to better understand what is happening in their area.

“By making this information available, we aim to raise awareness of what we’re doing to tackle crime and disorder and how local people can support their local police.”