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People 'scared to come forward' amid rise in crime in area of Norwich shooting

PUBLISHED: 16:39 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 29 June 2018

The police cordon around woodland on Adelaide Street in Norwich and surrounding roads after a shooting Tuesday night.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

The police cordon around woodland on Adelaide Street in Norwich and surrounding roads after a shooting Tuesday night. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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Members of a community in Norwich are being urged to speak up about crimes in the area after a teenager was shot in the back.

Residents have been afraid to come forward after a rise in crime, a meeting heard.

Members of the Mancroft Ward community also spoke of their plans to regenerate the area and establish a neighbourhood watch group during their monthly meeting at the Russell Street Community Centre on Thursday.

Concerned citizens spoke about the shooting of a 19-year-old in Adelaide Street at approximately 2am on Tuesday and touched on issues such as drug dealing, drug use and a general rise in crime.

The Russell Street Community Area Residents Association chairman Jane Watkins spoke honestly with fellow members of the community and encouraged them to speak up if someone looks suspicious.

Miss Watkins said: “We see people sticking needles in their neck. Something really needs to be done.”

She added: “People are very reluctant and scared of being identified, they just keep their doors closed,

“We have to work with the council and the law enforcements.”

The community centre will now host a ‘Meet your Councillor’ event so residents can voice their concerns in their community.

The association is also establishing a volunteer neighbourhood watch group.

The meeting did not just focus on the “doom and gloom” according to Miss Watkins.

Locals are now working together to nourish their own plants as well as the Grape Hills Community Garden, pick up litter and plan family-friendly events.

Mancroft Ward councillor Joanna Smith will attended the Meet your Councillor events and discuss their concerns and workshop a plan to fight the issue.

She said: “It’s a really good thing, it is the right time to be available for people and not everyone can get in to the city centre.”

Ms Smith also encouraged members of the community to step forward and volunteer with the neighbourhood watch group.

She said: “It is a great idea, it’s not just about crime, it also brings people together.”

Mancroft Ward have made plans to celebrate Norfolk Day on Friday, July 27.

If you want to get involved with community volunteering visit the Russel Street Community Area Residents Association Facebook page or email russellstcommunity@gmail.com.

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