WORRIED residents of a Sheffield estate where a dad was murdered have appealed for the council to install CCTV cameras in the area.
More than 600 people who live in the Callow Mount estate, Gleadless Valley, signed a petition for the council to take action, after Zabihullah Rafiq, aged 30, was killed outside the entrance to the Bankwood tower block.
A group of residents presented the petition to a full council meeting and appealed for councillors to act.
Sally Kilic said people in Gleadless Valley are proud of their area – but more needs to be done to make them feel safe in their homes.
She told the packed Town Hall: “Gleadless Valley is the mist picturesque and welcoming estate in Sheffield – but it continues to receive bad press. Crime levels are falling and the area has many good people living there.
“But in response to the tragic murder of our fellow resident Zabihullah Rafiq at Callow Mount it will make the area safer and allow more residents to leave their homes if we had more security. Rather than walk a mile in my shoes, as the saying goes, help us walk safer in our own shoes.”
Coun Harry Harpham, Labour cabinet member for housing, warned funding shortages would make it hard to install security features.
He said: “I am acutely aware how important it is for people to feel safe in their communities.
“Last year we applied for £1 million that would have helped to address some of these issues – but the Government turned us down.
“However, I will work closely with officers to try to identify some money to help with this. It would be wrong to say that finding money is easy in these times, but I will try my hardest.”
After the meeting Gleadless Valley Coun Cate McDonald said: “I would like to thank the local residents who have put a lot of work into this campaign for improved security in the Callow Mount area.
“We know how important it is for local people to feel safe in their community and it is a top priority for us to protect local people.
“The stabbing in the area a few months ago was tragic and certainly raises questions about the need to do more to make the area a safe place to live.”
n A suspect in the Zabihullah Rafiq murder inquiry has been arrested in Marseilles, France, but it could be another two weeks before he is returned to the UK. Detectives are also hunting another man in connection with the killing. He is believed to have fled the country.