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Patrols to be stepped-up in Derby during Ramadan celebrations

Muslims pray on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Credit: PA Images

Police in Derby will be stepping-up patrols to support communities during Ramadan celebrations.

Muslims started fasting for Ramadan last week and the Islamic holy month continues until Sunday June 25.

There are five prayers during the day and the last prayer which will be at 11.00pm and lasts for 1.5hrs.

One of the actions being taken will see additional patrols to take action on the problem of prostitution and kerb crawling late at night.

We know that during Ramadan there will be more members of our Muslim communities out and about during the hours of darkness with their families and so the issues of soliciting, sex workers and prostitution is far more sensitive at these times and our response is therefore increased accordingly.

– PC Andy Hardy, Rose Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team

Officers are also talking to the Muslim community to try and discourage previous anti-social behaviour displayed by some younger members.

In previous years, there have been incidents of cars driven around in an anti-social manner and large groups congregating in car parks making a noise and causing a disturbance late at night.

Police say that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and they will take action to ensure that all communities feel safe during this time.

At the conclusion of Ramadan and during Eid celebrations, in past years we have seen issues with a small minority of the younger element of the Muslim community using this time to celebrate in an inappropriate fashion, which has had an impact on others living in the area.

– Inspector Ranjit Dol, Derby West Local Policing Unit