Crime in the city centre
It was this week confirmed that Piccadilly Gardens, the main civic square within the city of Manchester is one of the worst crime hot spots in the entire country. Official figures show that over 1700 crimes were reported in the last year.
It has become a common sight for innocent residents to see crime rife in the heart of our city. Despite claims by the council that there has been a crackdown drug dealing is still a persistent problem with Spice being distributed on the streets of our city centre.
In October last month I was walking through the city centre at 3 pm when a young man tried to snatch my phone right out of my hand. Fortunately he was unable to pull it from my grip but it was in broad day light. When I rang the police to report the incident they said they would make a note of it and see what resources they could spare to increase patrols in the area.
Night time in the city is even worse with local residents best advised to avoid the Piccadilly Gardens area altogether. On the occasions I have walked through the city centre there is anti social behaviour and drug taking being done openly.
Manchester City Council are currently failing it's residents, the issues we see in Piccadilly Gardens are a problem throughout other parts of the city with robberies happening in the middle of Canal Street of a night time with little to no police presence.
If Manchester Council are determined to continue pushing through plans to develop the city with new apartment blocks and high rise buildings the very least that they could do is ensure the safety of those living in this great city.
By Dan Carter