Kicking out anti-social behaviour

Coun Sue Murphy
Coun Sue Murphy

A SUMMER campaign to cut anti-social behaviour has been hailed a success after police recorded a 10 per cent drop in complaints.

Officers stepped up patrols in St Helens parks as part of the summer Safespace campaign, which was aimed at making parks and public spaces more user friendly.

Among the successes were 18 police warnings for youngsters caught riding quad bikes or off-road motorbikes.

The scheme also helped more than 2,700 local youngsters to take advantage of free swimming sessions, courtesy of St Helens Council’s Go Active initiative.

Councillor Sue Murphy, pictured, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, safer communities and youth, said: “Residents were able to enjoy our parks and open spaces to a far greater degree this summer – thanks to the Safespace campaign.

“As well as the efforts of the police, the campaign’s success was largely due to the creative, positive alternatives that were presented to our young people to keep them fit, healthy and occupied.”

Community safety partners now plan to focus on the Good Guy campaign, which aims to reduce the number of nuisance fires lit in the run-up to Bonfire Night.