CCTV camera set to reclaim Southend underpass

Feeling safer – Keith Kesley, from Residents’ Association Watch, and John Cooper are pleased with the new CCTV camera, and inset, the underpass which has attracted drug dealers

Feeling safer – Keith Kesley, from Residents’ Association Watch, and John Cooper are pleased with the new CCTV camera, and inset, the underpass which has attracted drug dealers

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A NEW CCTV camera has been put up in a bid to curb drug dealing in an area of Southend.

The camera has been installed in Hastings Road, in the Kursaal ward, which looks directly at the railway underpass which comes out at Lancaster Gardens.

Residents originally tried to close the underpass after they said the area was becoming a no-go zone.

They described the area as “intimidating”

and said the cameras were the first result of new community group Residents’ Association Watch, which has been set up to make the area safer and garner community spirit.

Keith Kelsey, 39, of Kilworth Avenue, Southend, said: “The alleyway is seen as a no-go zone. There are a lot of addicts down there and there have been attacks down there too.

“The police are down there every couple of hours and doing a really good job. Network Rail has also put the area down as a priority to clear all the bushes so there will be nowhere to hide.

“Councillor Judith McMahon was a big help to sort this out.

“As soon as the camera was installed police have been coming down. They are now one step ahead of the troublemakers. Hopefully now they will be seen by police on a Friday and in front of magistrates on a Monday.”

The camera has been set up or a six-month trial when its effectiveness will be reviewed, but Mr Kelsey believes it will stay, after already having a positive effect with more police turning out.

John Cooper, of the residents’ group, added: “Quite often, when you go down there you will see people hanging around waiting to buy drugs.

“It’s not nice for the residents. It’s intimidating, particularly for mums with children.

“There is a lot of school traffic which goes down there with families on their way to Porters’ Grange School.

“You don’t want children to see that going on, but the parents have to just lump it, because the alternative route is a lot longer. Hopefully, this will be a move in the right direction as it is something people have wanted for a long time.”

New signs have also been installed around all six of the cameras already installed in York Road after demands for even more surveillance were made following the fatal stabbing of Hassam Mohammed Ibrahim.

York Road now has the largest saturation of cameras in Southend.

Chief Insp Simon Anslow, district commander for Southend, said: “We have put some visible signs up to make sure people know there are cameras around. We are also still running Operation Booth to offer reassurance to residents after the fatal stabbing.”

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8:01am Thu 7 Aug 14

ShipShape says...

'Your gonna need a bigger camera'
'Your gonna need a bigger camera' ShipShape
  • Score: 2

8:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

8:27am Thu 7 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

That's good news but it does seem that the police and council are being (not very) reactive instead of being proactive when it comes to the problems of drugs and gangs in that area.
The top of Sutton Road is basically a no go if you don't want to witness drunks and drug deals. Why have the council/police not introduced a zero tolerance ban on drinking around that area? It would be the first step in teaching the
sc um bags to respect the streets and not treat them like an extension of their tower block domiciles.
Hopefully the new council can take the bull by the horns here.
That's good news but it does seem that the police and council are being (not very) reactive instead of being proactive when it comes to the problems of drugs and gangs in that area. The top of Sutton Road is basically a no go if you don't want to witness drunks and drug deals. Why have the council/police not introduced a zero tolerance ban on drinking around that area? It would be the first step in teaching the sc um bags to respect the streets and not treat them like an extension of their tower block domiciles. Hopefully the new council can take the bull by the horns here. RuleBritania
  • Score: 6

8:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
Kim you can be as abrasive as the toughest sandpaper but you talk a lot of sense!

I just wish the police/council would have the same mentality.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?[/p][/quote]Kim you can be as abrasive as the toughest sandpaper but you talk a lot of sense! I just wish the police/council would have the same mentality. RuleBritania
  • Score: 1

10:11am Thu 7 Aug 14

saffender says...

i ride through this underpass on my mobility scooter almost every day even in t5he late evening and i have never seen any dodgy activity they should put cameras on the main queensway underpass there is more drug activity in this area.
i ride through this underpass on my mobility scooter almost every day even in t5he late evening and i have never seen any dodgy activity they should put cameras on the main queensway underpass there is more drug activity in this area. saffender
  • Score: 5

10:45am Thu 7 Aug 14

annonnamus says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
No doubt some of the riff raff are relatives of law and order. That's most likely the reason for failing to start a full purge.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?[/p][/quote]No doubt some of the riff raff are relatives of law and order. That's most likely the reason for failing to start a full purge. annonnamus
  • Score: 0

11:17am Thu 7 Aug 14

DonaldUnpleasance says...

Can’t help but feel that this story is piffle. As a dedicated pedestrian I use this underpass regularly three or four times a day, seven days a week and at all times of the night and day. As anybody who actually uses it will know it’s a safe and useful route and given the restricted access at either end the vast majority of those who do use it are extremely courteous.

I have to say that I’ve never witnessed a drug deal. I concede that drug deals may be done there, as they are in lots of places in this town, including what are considered the more salubrious areas. But I think that the idea that the buying and selling of drugs is conducted at times that people collect their children from school is just scaremongering fantasy and I’d be surprised if that claim could be substantiated.

The only time that this underpass has ever been a “no-go” area was when it got flooded during the downpour that we had a few weekends back…….perhaps they should be less worried about slinging and be more concerned with keeping the drains clean.
Can’t help but feel that this story is piffle. As a dedicated pedestrian I use this underpass regularly three or four times a day, seven days a week and at all times of the night and day. As anybody who actually uses it will know it’s a safe and useful route and given the restricted access at either end the vast majority of those who do use it are extremely courteous. I have to say that I’ve never witnessed a drug deal. I concede that drug deals may be done there, as they are in lots of places in this town, including what are considered the more salubrious areas. But I think that the idea that the buying and selling of drugs is conducted at times that people collect their children from school is just scaremongering fantasy and I’d be surprised if that claim could be substantiated. The only time that this underpass has ever been a “no-go” area was when it got flooded during the downpour that we had a few weekends back…….perhaps they should be less worried about slinging and be more concerned with keeping the drains clean. DonaldUnpleasance
  • Score: 6

11:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

Bester says...

If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area.
If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area. Bester
  • Score: -2

12:24pm Thu 7 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

"Keith Kelsey, 39, of Kilworth Avenue, Southend, said: “The alleyway is seen as a no-go zone. There are a lot of addicts down there and there have been attacks down there too. "

& Keith and co know this because they don't even go down there ?

I don't know of any attacks in the underpass & as for drug dealing, its no worse than any where else in the kursal ward - open ya eyes.

If people where using the underpass for mischief, they will simply smash up the camera.

Buzy bodies wasting cash.
"Keith Kelsey, 39, of Kilworth Avenue, Southend, said: “The alleyway is seen as a no-go zone. There are a lot of addicts down there and there have been attacks down there too. " & Keith and co know this because they don't even go down there ? I don't know of any attacks in the underpass & as for drug dealing, its no worse than any where else in the kursal ward - open ya eyes. If people where using the underpass for mischief, they will simply smash up the camera. Buzy bodies wasting cash. supermadmax
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
Are you mad? And where are the funds expected to come from for your hair-brained idea? send police in en masse... yes fair enough a few arrests will be made, but then met with by a wall of silence, get them convicted.... of what?? a handful of drugs that they will say is personal use and achieve a slap on the wrist for. Lock them up?... in already overcrowded prisons.
You are bonkers
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?[/p][/quote]Are you mad? And where are the funds expected to come from for your hair-brained idea? send police in en masse... yes fair enough a few arrests will be made, but then met with by a wall of silence, get them convicted.... of what?? a handful of drugs that they will say is personal use and achieve a slap on the wrist for. Lock them up?... in already overcrowded prisons. You are bonkers Controversial1
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Bester wrote:
If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area.
Does google map satellite view show you inside the underpass? bell-end.
Plus even if you got it on street-view faces wpould be obscured so you would only be able to stereotype from the type of clothes they are wearing.
Think before you type please!
[quote][p][bold]Bester[/bold] wrote: If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area.[/p][/quote]Does google map satellite view show you inside the underpass? bell-end. Plus even if you got it on street-view faces wpould be obscured so you would only be able to stereotype from the type of clothes they are wearing. Think before you type please! Controversial1
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Send the guy at the back of the photo down there to eat all the druggies. Problem solved
Send the guy at the back of the photo down there to eat all the druggies. Problem solved Controversial1
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
I make money however. Couldn't care less if its a blight on society. The more money for me, the better. And do you really think the judges are going to lock up these people? After a woman robs a shop at knife point and with 21 convictions already, I don't think so. They need treatment and help. Prison is not always the answer.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?[/p][/quote]I make money however. Couldn't care less if its a blight on society. The more money for me, the better. And do you really think the judges are going to lock up these people? After a woman robs a shop at knife point and with 21 convictions already, I don't think so. They need treatment and help. Prison is not always the answer. Friendly Fire
  • Score: -1

9:58pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge.

If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in.

In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away.

Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society.

As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it.

Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere.

Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP.

Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?
Good idea Kim why don’t we send the police we don’t have to go and arrest them and bang em up in prisons we don’t have costing the tax payer a grand a week that we don’t have.
We could simply do away with cash that would stop 99% of drug dealing and prostitution over night.
But that would mean no more brown envelopes stuffed for the corrupt elite something people of your ilk wouldn’t tolerate.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: These vermin infested rat-holes need a good old fashioned police raid. A wholesale purge. If they are doing it that openly, surely the police can go in there en masse and make a big arrest and run the scum in. In any other country this would not be tolerated. All drug dealing scum needs locking up and the key throwing away. Making a living off of destroying people's lives is an utter disgrace and a blight on society. As for York Road, the more I read and hear about it the more I think it needs a **** good purge of the gang mentality riff raff that infests it. Why aren't the police cracking down on this area big style? Merely setting up cameras will just encourage the trash to go elsewhere. Get in there, arrest the scrotes, get them convicted and LOCK THEM UP. Or is there some reason this can't be done? Might it offend somebody?[/p][/quote]Good idea Kim why don’t we send the police we don’t have to go and arrest them and bang em up in prisons we don’t have costing the tax payer a grand a week that we don’t have. We could simply do away with cash that would stop 99% of drug dealing and prostitution over night. But that would mean no more brown envelopes stuffed for the corrupt elite something people of your ilk wouldn’t tolerate. ORACUS
  • Score: 1

11:16am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bester says...

Controversial1 wrote:
Bester wrote: If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area.
Does google map satellite view show you inside the underpass? bell-end. Plus even if you got it on street-view faces wpould be obscured so you would only be able to stereotype from the type of clothes they are wearing. Think before you type please!
Satellite view doesn't show the inside of the underpass, but street view does show you who is entering and leaving. Learn to use technology, bell-end.

Yes, I am sure the three young men about to enter the underpass are very upstanding citizens of the community. Did you know the word 'naive' doesn't appear in the dictionary?
[quote][p][bold]Controversial1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bester[/bold] wrote: If you take a look at the underpass on Google Maps you will see the type of trash that hang around that area.[/p][/quote]Does google map satellite view show you inside the underpass? bell-end. Plus even if you got it on street-view faces wpould be obscured so you would only be able to stereotype from the type of clothes they are wearing. Think before you type please![/p][/quote]Satellite view doesn't show the inside of the underpass, but street view does show you who is entering and leaving. Learn to use technology, bell-end. Yes, I am sure the three young men about to enter the underpass are very upstanding citizens of the community. Did you know the word 'naive' doesn't appear in the dictionary? Bester
  • Score: -2

11:17am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bester says...

Controversial1 wrote:
Send the guy at the back of the photo down there to eat all the druggies. Problem solved
Are you judging on appearances? The very thing you accused me of? Bell-end.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial1[/bold] wrote: Send the guy at the back of the photo down there to eat all the druggies. Problem solved[/p][/quote]Are you judging on appearances? The very thing you accused me of? Bell-end. Bester
  • Score: -2

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