Police chief secures £100,000 to make part of Doncaster safer

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £100,000 to help make part of Doncaster safer.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 1:01 pm

Dr Alan Billings was successful in an application to the Home Office and will add the cash to £549,964 which was secured in the summer to create the Safer Streets project in Hexthorpe.

The Home Office offered PCCs from across England and Wales the opportunity to bid for funding from a £25 million pot to tackle burglary and theft in crime hotspots.

Last summer, Dr Billings was awarded funding to put towards improved street lighting and CCTV.

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Police activity in Hexthorpe (archive picture - Wiktor Bucki)

This further funding will be put towards additional safety measures, including automatic number plate recognition cameras and CCTV improvements.

Dr Billings said: “This further funding will really help an excellent project and will build on the hard work that has already been done.

“The funding was awarded after reviewing police data, working in close partnership with the local authority and following feedback from police officers and members of the community.

“We will now work with South Yorkshire Police and the local authority to ensure that the community benefits from all of the funding we have secured.

Doncaster’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Glyn Jones, said: “We welcome the extra funding to the Hexthorpe area as we look to strengthen our surveillance in the area and, ultimately, make residents feel safer on the streets.

“We hope to see some tangible benefits and results directly from this monies and are looking forward to working with the police and other partner agencies to achieve this.”

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