Giving the port a Cleansweep

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FINAL preparations are being made for a big clean up of the town’s most deprived wards.

Operation Cleansweep starts this week in Pharos Ward to clean up the streets, get rid of ltter and remove graffiti.

Officers from organisations are being brought together by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership for the week-long purge on grime and crime – starting today.

An earlier appeal for help from community groups has proved fruitful and a programme of activities is now planned to ensure a united front is shown to those who insist on bringing the neighbourhood down.

As well as the usual street cleans, specific activities include:

- Test purchasing for age-related goods such as knives and gas products

- Multi-agency checks of takeaways

- 19 January: Operation Pathway vehicle checking when police and other enforcement officers will be clamping down on unroadworthy vehicles, as well as people not wearing seatbelts, using mobile phones while driving or not having insurance

- 25 January: Free removal of bulky household waste to reduce the risk of fly-tipping (limited availability, pre-book with Wyre Borough Council by January 21 on 01253 891000)

- 26 January: Reassurance and information roadshow from 10.30am to 2.30pm outside St Peter’s Church and on London Street when the public can talk to officers about issues in their neighbourhood, pick up crime prevention advice and arrange for a free home fire safety check.

- 26 January: Microchipping of dogs at Marine Hall (10am to 3pm) at £12 per dog. This will reduce the number of unidentified strays and help owners avoid kennel fees should their dog escape

Councillor Roger Berry, Chairman of the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, said: “Every time we hold a Cleansweep in Wyre we are encouraged by some very positive results and I’m sure the same will be true in Pharos.

“Despite the name, the operation goes far deeper than a spring clean of the streets; we also get to deal with the less obvious issues such as advising people about fire risks or addressing the fear of crime.

“Contrary to some people’s perceptions, crime is going down quite significantly in Pharos ward, with anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, burglary and violent crime falling by as much as a third. House fires have also reduced.