PCSOs show worth

Roger Berry at Fylde Farm, Normoss Road, Poulton.
Roger Berry at Fylde Farm, Normoss Road, Poulton.

WYRE police community support officers attended more than 1,000 incidents in three months.

Figures revealed show PCSOs in Wyre were called out to 1,080 incidents related to anti social behaviour between April and June this year.

Under-age drinking at the derelict Fylde Farm site in Poulton, fly-tipping and noise nuisance in Cleveleys and alcohol seizures in Fleetwood are all listed in the documents published by Wyre Council to show the performance of council part-funded PCSOs.

Despite Government cutbacks, Wyre council continue to fund 11 PCSO posts at a cost of £121,000 and hope to fund 10 posts costing £110,000 in 2012/13.

Coun Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for community safety, said: “Recent consultation has showed there is a great deal of support for PCSOs in Wyre.

“People have told us that a uniformed presence makes them feel more reassured and safer in their neighbourhood, an important factor in reducing fear of crime.

“We have also seen plenty of evidence of the excellent work the officers have done to reduce low level crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. Despite cuts in public spending, the council feels Wyre cannot afford to lose such a valuable resource and has pledged the funding to keep as many PCSOs as possible on our streets for the foreseeable future.”

Officers attended 224 anti-social behaviour incidents in Poulton, 783 in Fleetwood, 78 in Garstang, 40 in Garstang centre, 115 in Over Wyre and 218 in Thornton.

They were also called to 225 incidents of criminal damage, seized 78 assorted cans and bottles of alcohol in Fleetwood and a further 80 litres of alcohol from other areas, including significant seizures on the former Fylde school site on Normoss Road, Poulton.