Community event organised in crime-hit Sheffield suburb

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People from all different backgrounds and faiths are set to gather for a community event in a crime-hit suburb of Sheffield.

The 'Broomhall Together' event will take place on Thursday, June 1, and will see representatives from community centres, churches, mosques and supported housing projects open their doors to encourage residents to see what services and activities are available in the area.

This comes after police stepped up patrols in the area following complains from residents about a rising tide of crime including alleged street brawls and drug taking in broad day light.

As part of the event, there will also be a number of pop-up stalls in Broomhall hosted by police officers, officers from Sheffield Council, health services, youth services, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, and drug and alcohol services.

Activities taking place in Broomhall throughout the day also include a community treasure hunt, choir singing, sports activities, fire safety information, as well as a community safety survey.

A community clean up event, supported by housing estates teams and Amey, will also take place the day before, on Wednesday, May 31, starting at Springfield Playground at 11am.

Sergeant Naomi Saxton, of the Sheffield Central Local Policing Team, said: "We are in regular contact with the Broomhall ‘Group of Groups’ about the local community’s concerns about antisocial behaviour, drug related crime and associated issues.

“It is hoped that this event will strengthen relationships with the local community and will assist the statutory agencies working collectively with them to combat some of their concerns.

“We’re concerned that many issues remain either unreported or under-reported, so we hope that our contribution to the day’s events will raise awareness of how police can help the local community and work together with them to tackle these problems."

She added: "We want to encourage the community in Broomhall to stand together, to be empowered and to be proud of their local area and, if there are problems, that they feel confident to report it to the appropriate agency.

“It’s also our hope that by getting as many agencies involved in the day as we can, we can all build a better understanding of the issues facing our local communities and develop some really positive relationships with local residents and businesses.”