Youth centre voices concern over security

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Belper’s Drop Inn Youth Centre is planning to ramp-up security following concerns over anti-social behaviour in the area.

Founder of the centre, Andrea Fox, said they were hoping to invest in extra security lighting to deter any criminal activity.

She told a public meeting at St John’s Chapel in Belper that an “unsavoury character” hanging around in the Derwent Street area was fuelling concerns.

She said: “I would say nobody in Belper scares me but I get scared going down there.”

A £5,000 refurbishment at the centre had to be delayed following a blaze there in January.

Fire crews had to pull ceiling tiles down to prevent the flames spreading to main buildings.

In May, arsonists torched an abandoned Thorntons building opposite the Drop Inn and nearby traders have repeatedly reported other minor arson incidents.

Ms Fox had hoped to update town councillors on the situation at a meeting on Tuesday. However, the ongoing dispute on the authority (page five) meant she could only address two members.

Ms Fox added: “The good work is carrying on. I have projects lined-up in the New Year.”