Crime reduced in town

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Police in St Helens seized 17 scrambler bikes and quads as part of a Safespace campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour.

It also saw an eight per cent drop in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported to police over the summer – 100 fewer than the previous year.

Results also revealed a 24 per cent reduction in the number of nuisance neighbour reports. This is 78 fewer than 2012.

Coun Richard McCauley, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, housing, planning and community safety, said: “We’re seeing steady reductions year on year when it comes to anti-social behaviour.

“It suggests people are taking a more responsible attitude, both when they are visiting our parks and open spaces - and with their neighbours at home too.”

Safespace is an annual event involving St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and other organisations making up the St Helens Community Safety Partnership.

And while the campaign is backed by tough police enforcement, one of the main aims of Safespace is to reduce anti-social behaviour and vehicle nuisance by engaging with young people.