Police surgeries held in Norwich following murder and shooting hailed a success
PUBLISHED: 16:23 06 July 2018
ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434
Police street surgeries held in Norwich after murder and a shooting have been hailed a success.
Officers organised a string of community drop-in events following the shooting of a teenager in a park off Adelaide Street and the killing of David Hastings in Norwich’s Rose Lane car park.
Street surgeries have been taking place all week, including in West End Street, Distillery Square and the M&S Food Hall in the city centre.
And on Friday, officers were at Norwich Market between 8am and 3pm.
Sergeant Mark Shepherd, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “What we find is that some of the community don’t bother contacting us so we’re doing street surgeries where people can come and speak to us so people can get to know the team and know who to contact.
“We looked at what we can do better. The public feel they don’t know who to contact so we’re saying come and see us.
“When you’re in a police station they won’t call in but when you’re out they want to come and speak to you which is good.”
Sgt Shepherd says there had been a good response with a number of people coming to speak to officers, particularly about concerns over drugs.
He said the street surgeries were something that they hoped to roll out further in a bid to open up a dialogue with the public that gave them reassurance and, potentially, police key information.
One 56-year-old man said he thought the surgeries were a “good idea” and “a reassurance”.
Another market user, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s good to see the police on the streets again.”
The events were organised after two unrelated crimes. Mr Hastings, 48, of Long Row, died after he was stabbed at Rose Lane car park on Saturday, June 23. Rolands Heinbergs, 22, of no fixed address has been charged with his murder.
On Wednesday, June 27, a 19-year-old man from London, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to his back after he was found in a park in Adelaide Street. Three people have been arrested in connection with that incident.
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Norwich CID on 101.