Force seeks to reassure Dales residents in wake of Derby rioting

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Dales residents have been reassured after several vehicles were damaged during rioting in Derbyshire.

Police say a number of vehicles were damaged in part of Derby overnight on Tuesday, August 9 but there were no significant issues elsewhere in the county.

Just after 11pm there were reports of a group of youths near to Moorways Sports Centre in Allenton and a car damaged.

Between 11pm and midnight there were further reports of a group of youths around the Campbell Street, Allenton and Brighton Road, Alvaston areas.

Around 20 cars suffered criminal damage, including broken wing mirrors and windows.

Two 15-year-old youths have been arrested in connection with the incidents so far.

There were also a number of vehicles damaged in the Village Street area of Normanton, which do not appear connected.

In a separate incident a window was broken at Bon Marche in St Peter’s Street in the city centre at 1am and a 30 year-old man arrested for criminal damage.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We had a high visibility police presence out in key areas throughout yesterday and last night and I hope that reassured people.

“A lot of people in local communities were understandably nervous and worried having witnessed events in other areas of the UK over the last few days.

“There were a number of incidents overnight mainly around Allenton and Alvaston in Derby, involving a single group of youths involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Officers tracked this group throughout the area and so far two arrests have been made in connection with the incident and I expect more to follow.

“While it is disappointing, if you take the incident out of the context of current events, it is the sort of thing we have to deal with every day in the county and compared to other areas it has been relatively low-key.

“We have had an increased number of calls from the public during this period, mainly around false rumours spread via social networking sites.

“I would like to thank local people for all the support they have offered us and I would continue to urge people to ring us with any information they may have.

“I’d also like to praise the efforts and professionalism of all my officers and staff involved in this including a number of Special Constables who volunteered to come in and join the efforts on the front line in the last 48 hours.”

Anyone with information on crime should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.