New regeneration project launches to 'help Orchard Park prosper'

HOPE: Hull’s Orchard Park Estate initiative
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In a bid to tackle organised crime and regenerate the community, a multi-agency initiative was launched on Orchard Park Estate in Hull yesterday, Monday 17 June.

The Clear, Hold, Build initiative will see officers relentlessly pursuing members of organised crime groups using all available powers and tactics. The aim is to clear Orchard Park of these groups, hold the location to prevent other gangs from taking control, and work with residents, partners, and charities to make the community safer and less susceptible to exploitation by organised crime.

Officers from the serious and organised crime unit at Humberside Police, along with the neighbourhood policing team and partnering agencies, have been working to disrupt those involved in organised crime in the community. Last year, officers conducted 18 warrants, recovered 23 vehicles, and arrested 126 people.

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As part of a phased approach, the team has arrested a total of 11 people and seized just under £4000 worth of drugs in the last two weeks leading up to the launch, with more work ongoing.

While disruption work will continue, efforts will also be made to hold the ground. This will involve working closely with community members to carry out planned activities and offer advice and services to those who need them.

The team, pinpointing key areas for improvement, is set to embark on a series of regeneration initiatives, including the flourishing HOPE allotments and various community-led projects.

Community Policing Inspector Jamie Campbell, reflecting on the positive strides made following the 'HOPE: Hull's Orchard Park Estate' launch event, commented: "In the last twelve months, the estate has been on a real journey and it has been a pleasure to work alongside my team, residents, local businesses, and partners as we continue to help Orchard Park prosper."

"This is just the beginning and whilst the main bulk of our disruption is on its way to stamp out organised crime operating in the area we are not stopping there."

"The residents of Orchard Park provide a real sense of community and pride to the area which has really shone through as we work with them on a number of projects in the area to help it thrive."

"Tackling drug crimes within the area remains a priority for us as it has a big impact on local communities, anti-social and disruptive behaviour often follows drug use and dealing."

"I would encourage anyone with any information about crime in their area is asked to contact Humberside Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999."