Staffordshire’s police, fire and crime commissioner’s office has been allocated a sum of £432,000 to improve safety in the streets of Stoke-on-Trent. The funding from the Safer Streets Fund is used to reduce crime, such as theft, in hotspot areas. The measures proposed include 16 new CCTV cameras, 40 new lighting columns in car parks and poorly lit alleyways, 10 upgraded CCTV cameras and fitting of gates and fences. Four streets in the Hanley area of the city have been identified as hotpots and the first improvements will be fitted before the end of the year.

Businesses and council leaders are very welcoming to the improvements and are confident that the security measures will reduce drug dealing and other crimes that occur in the alleyways. It is hoped that improved security will aid businesses to bounce back after the pandemic. This comes as the PM has highlighted that better CCTV and street lighting are needed in order to make the streets safer, especially for those who feel particularly vulnerable in the light of high-profile cases, such as the Sarah Everard case.