Crime-busting team win award

Pics of Parr, Bold and Sutton neighbourhood police team collecting their Just Talk Award from Chief Constable Jon Murphy. (PLEASE CROP OUT THE TWO OFFICERS ON THE RIGHT BEFORE PUBLICATION)
Pics of Parr, Bold and Sutton neighbourhood police team collecting their Just Talk Award from Chief Constable Jon Murphy. (PLEASE CROP OUT THE TWO OFFICERS ON THE RIGHT BEFORE PUBLICATION)

A ST Helens police team has picked up a prestigious award for its success in halving anti-social behaviour on one of the borough’s most deprived estates.

The Parr, Sutton and Bold neighbourhood police team was saluted for its previously unsung work on the Four Acre estate, which has been listed in the bottom one per cent of deprived areas in the country.

Despite deep-rooted health and unemployment issues which have plagued the estate, the police team adopted a high-visibility “problem-solving approach” to secure a 50 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Insp Andy Rankine told the Reporter: “We’ve seen the most dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour on the Four Acre estate. Having staff and community support officers based permanently at Helena’s Millersdale office means that the same faces have been able to work on the estate all the time.

“And, working alongside Helena, we’ve focused on nipping anti-social behaviour in the bud.”

As well as the cut in anti-social behaviour, compared to two years ago, criminal damage, violent crime and burglary is falling.

Insp Rankine added: “Now, because we’ve been visible and robust, it has stopped many people from causing problems on the estate - as well as increasing confidence in us.

“A couple of years ago we struggled to get much community intelligence, but that’s not the case now.”

Also collecting an award at Merseyside Police’s Just Talk Awards was St Helens teenager Megan Booth – a volunteer who has helped police with alcohol test purchases across town.

Megan first volunteered after becoming concerned about pupils getting booze and was saluted for “a professionalism and commitment way beyond her years”.