No, nothing to do with this great blog. This refers to the strange goings on in the middle of our fine city this past week. People have been stringing pompoms and other knitted objects from trees in the park. [an unusual activity, which has attracted worldwide media attention!]
This is the brainchild of one of our local policeman, who believes that seeing the knitted baubles will make people feel safer.
Charlotte Bilby [a senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria University] said they could have a positive effect. She said "I think that making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safer. "If you see something that makes you smile, that makes you think that other people have enjoyed being in that space and have done something funny, something silly in that place, then that's going to change your perception about what it is to be in Bede Park.”
BBC Radio Leicester asked people in Bede Park what they thought of the decorations.
- "I wouldn't say safer but it definitely makes me smile every morning."
- "When it's dark you can't see them. It's not like they are lights. That's what this needs if it wants to stop crime; better lighting, not things to make it look brighter."
- "I don't understand why wool would change people's perception on crime and stuff like that. I don't understand why woollen balls are going to fix something."
- "I suppose it does encourage families and kids and make it look a bit more child-friendly but it's not going to stop crime."
It clearly hasn’t been that successful in deterring criminal behaviour – I understand that most of the balls have already been nicked!!
Is somebody trying to pull the wool over our eyes?