Police: We’re on the case

The ground-floor flat in Shakespeare Road, Fleetwood, which is subject of a closure order
The ground-floor flat in Shakespeare Road, Fleetwood, which is subject of a closure order

IT can blight communities and leave individuals in despair – but police in Fleetwood and Wyre are taking antisocial behaviour seriously.

Thatthe call from Insp Steve Bell, of Fleetwood Police, who has described the issue as “a key area” of local policing.

Insp Bell spoke on the issue after a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) praised Lancashire Police for not only maintaining its high standards in tackling anti-social behaviour, but for exceeding them.

HMIC found that Lancashire had not only sustained its performance since the last inspection in 2010 but actually continued to improve and develop its work with partners and communities.

Chief Supt Bob Eastwood, the Constabulary’s lead for anti-social behaviour, said: “In Lancashire, the police and other partner agencies are putting significant resources into tackling the issue, and making sure victims, particularly vulnerable victims and repeat victims, get the right help and support.”

And Insp Bell said it was this partnership work which was proving so effective in dealing with the issue across the county, including Fleetwood.

He told the Weekly News: “It is just not acceptable if people cannot go home without having to be subjected to loud music from neighbours, problems with drug dealing or having stones thrown at their windows.

“This is a key area of our work, because it effects people in their everyday lives.

“We are able to tackle this in various ways. At our regular PACT meetings, residents are able to raise their concerns - and they are doing. If they don’t tell us about their problems, we cannot do anything.

“Another major part of it is working with partners such as Wyre Council and the local housing associations.

“We cannot deal with these problems by ourselves, they have to be dealt with through agencies working together.

“At Fleetwood Police Station, we work through the Anti-Social Behaviour Risk Assessment Committee, joining with the other agencies to look at how best to tackle certain problems. That approach is working.”

Insp Bell cited the example of the recent closure of a property on Shakespeare Road, where a drug den which caused misery to neighbours was shut down.

Anti-social behaviour can have tragic consequences.

In Barwick, Leicestershire, mum Fiona Pilkington killed herself and her vulnerable daughter after a decade of abuse from local youths.