TV show to expose crime and fear on Grimsby's Nunsthorpe estate
A NEW undercover ITV documentary will reveal the extent of crime and drug dealing on a Grimsby estate.
Exposure is a six-part TV programme which began last month.
Tomorrow, the fourth in the series – Exposure: Driven From Home – will be aired and will feature daily life on the Nunsthorpe estate.
Starting at 10.35pm, the programme will explore stories of those who feel driven out by antisocial behaviour.
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And the Grimsby Telegraph can reveal that Steve Hill, a renowned figurehead of the Nunsthorpe estate, and other residents are filmed throughout.
In the past, Steve was an active member of the former St Martin's Action Group for many years and eventually became its chairman.
His aim was to always try to curb antisocial behaviour on the estate by building up something that the community could focus on.
In January 2007, he appeared on ITV's Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway, to persuade a panel of celebrity judges to part with £45,000 in order to turn part of St Martin's Church, Nunsthorpe, into a children's activity centre.
Later in 2007 it was revealed that a £345,000 children's playhouse would be built in the former church, thanks to £300,000 coming from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
However, the Grimsby Telegraph reported in October 2007 that Steve and his family had received violent threats from residents angered by their continuing work with the police, forcing them to leave the estate.
However, determined to make a change to the area, Steve claimed he would not give up even when thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of activity equipment.
In 2008, the St Martin's Community Action Group stepped down and in its place a community group, Nunsthorpe Together, took over the management of the St Martin's Hall, including the Fun House. Alongside this, Steve decided to turn his attention to helping other troubled areas across the borough.
St Martin's Church and church hall went on to become the home of various activities on the estate, including an over-50s club, play area, dancing, bingo, sports clubs, go-karting and much more.
Unfortunately in December 2010, the Respect Funhouse – which housed the children's play area – was forced to close due to lack of funds but Nunsthorpe Together managed to keep activities in St Martin's Church hall running.
Wednesday night's documentary will focus on the fact that money is tight, jobs are in short supply and crime and disorder are genuine concerns for residents on the Nunsthorpe estate.
A spokesman for ITV said: "This programme shows how some are too frightened to call the police so they pack their bags, while others are determined to stay and improve life for all – including a reformed armed robber who is determined to turn his estate around."