Dundee street branded ‘war zone’ after three-fold rise in recorded crimes

A Dundee street has been branded by residents a “war zone” after experiencing a rise in the number of recorded crimes.

A total of 35 offences were recorded by police on Leith Walk in Menzieshill last year – nearly three times as many as that in 2014, when 12 crimes were logged on the street.

Analysis of the figures, provided to the Tele by Police Scotland following a freedom of information request, also show a significant rise in the number of drug offences recorded by officers in the same time period.

Between one and three drug possession offences were recorded each year between 2014 and 2016 and none were recorded in 2017.

In 2018, that rose sharply to 13, eight of which were successfully detected by police.

Last year also saw offences related to the supply of drugs recorded for the first time in five years.

Crimes such as housebreaking, theft and common assault are also on the increase. Residents on Leith Walk have previously claimed police and paramedics are a near-daily sight in the street.

Armed cops stormed a block of flats on the street and arrested a man during an operation described by locals as “scary”.

One resident, who did not wish to give her name for fear of reprisals, said: “I am not surprised by these figures at all, not when I have my next door neighbour kicking my other neighbour’s door.

“Armed police stopped me from getting into my house fairly recently, because of an (alleged) incident.

“This place is a joke, anyone coming to view the flat above me I tell them to stay away. It’s a nightmare.”

Locals have recently called on Dundee City Council to install CCTV in the area to discourage crime and anti-social behaviour.

A spokeswoman for the council said they were investigating. Police Scotland declined to comment.