Bid to provide cleaner and safer streets for all

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IN a new monthly feature Insp Nigel Greenwood, who oversees policing in Fleetwood, will be telling Weekly News readers about issues that have been affecting the community and how the police have been working towards resolving them.

It’s getting to that time of year when people’s minds turn to spring cleaning.

You may have noticed that last month Wyre’s Community Safety Partnership (which we are members of) did some really good work in carrying out a clean sweep on the Pharos ward.

Graffiti was removed, dumped rubbish was taken away and we carried out checks on licensed premises and motorists who were using unroadworthy vehicles.

Cleaner streets are safer streets and make the area much more pleasant for residents and visitors.

Dirty and damaged property can be a real blight to a neighbourhood – which is why we are continuing to clamp down on criminal damage.

Overall, we’re seeing a reduction on the number of reports of criminal damage across town, which is great news for us all.

However, we’ve seen some incidents of stone throwing and attempted break-ins at empty properties. If you live near an unoccupied house and see something suspicious, please let us know.

Our reductions in anti-social behaviour (ASB) are starting to slow down a little now.

The amounts are low though, typically around 200 incidents per month – compared with a monthly average of around 300 in 2010.

I’ve previously mentioned Operation Magic – our crackdown on those that think causing ASB is fun.

We are expanding it and are going to start making use of a recent, yet little known and little used law whereby any under 18 caught with alcohol for a third occasion in twelve months will be prosecuted.

We seized 38 litres of alcohol in January and have identified a list of 10 young people who have already been found with alcohol twice since February last year.

We are now visiting their homes, to warn them and their parents of what happens next time!

The month of February saw a national Special Constabulary weekend of operations to combat ASB.

The Special Constabulary is a long standing section of the police, made up of part time volunteer police officers, who carry full police powers when on duty.

Wyre is quite under represented by special constables and if you would like to know more about how you can make a real difference within your own community then contact us.

Please keep letting us know of your concerns and suspicions, we act on all information you provide.

You can contact us at your local PACT meetings, by telephoning or calling in at the police station or, if you prefer, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can remain anonymous and may get a reward.