Community reassurance in East Marsh

NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

27 Apr 2021

Chief Superintendent Darren Wildbore said: “Understandably the two incredibly tragic incidents of this weekend will have shocked and saddened the communities of the East Marsh in Grimsby and beyond.

“First and foremost, our thoughts remain with the families affected by these incidents. Our specially trained officers are supporting them at this time and they have asked for privacy.

“I would like to provide reassurance to the community that the incidents on Rutland Street and Freeman Street are not connected to each other in any way. They were separate, isolated incidents, each between people known to one another and there is no wider risk or threat to the public.

"The East Marsh is a vibrant area of Grimsby and one the local policing team have spent a lot of time in, working with residents and partner agencies to tackle the issues that had been highlighted to us.

“This work continues and those living in the area can expect to see an increased visible presence over the coming days and weeks. Our officers are there to conduct enquiries, provide reassurance, listen to any concerns, and generally engage with and support the community through this difficult time.

“Taking weapons off the streets is a priority for us. For even one person to suffer at the hands of violent crime is too many.

“This is why I appeal for anyone who believes they have information about anyone having possession of illegal weapons to speak to local officers or contact us on 101. Any small piece of information could assist us with ultimately removing these dangerous weapons from the streets.

“I also appreciate not everyone feels comfortable speaking to the police about these issues. If that is you, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers and report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

“In an emergency situation or where there is an ‘in the moment’ threat, always call 999.

“This week also marks the start of national knife surrender and prevention campaign Op Sceptre. You can find out more information about this, and how we are supporting the campaign, here.”