Turning the lights out on yobs

Coun Sue Murphy
Coun Sue Murphy

A CAMPAIGN to ward off an upsurge in anti-social behaviour has been launched.

The scheme is timed to co-incide with the start of British Summertime.

Police will give higher priority to reports of loutish behaviour throughout April.

Springwatch will also see off-road vehicle nuisance targeted

Councillor Sue Muprhy (pictured) , cabinet member for Family Intervention and Safer Communities, said: “The SpringWatch campaign brings local agencies together to combat the expected increases in problem issues such as off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social behaviour and complaints about neighbour nuisance.

“We usually experience problems with neighbour nuisance as the clocks go back and the evenings get lighter. As people enjoy the weather and take advantage of the later evenings, it’s easy to forget how some activities can impact on someone’s enjoyment of life at home, often without realising it.

“Everyone has different tolerance levels. Whether it’s vacuuming at unsociable hours, young people playing football in the road, loud shouting or noise – all can cause real annoyance. By raising awareness of the potential impact of our behaviour we can all enjoy a safer spring period.”

A council spokesman added: “Priority will be given to reports of anti-social behaviour, off-road vehicle nuisance and neighbourhood nuisance – which usually increase at this time of year.

“Last year, the campaign led to a 17 per cent decrease in anti-social behaviour, with 130 fewer incidents reported in April 2011 compared with the previous year.

“Flyers and letters will also be distributed to homes in hot-spot areas with information on how to combat neighbourhood nuisance and encouraging residents to nominate ‘grot-spot’ areas for a spring clean - through the Community Payback scheme, which sees offenders providing unpaid labour working on projects that benefit our communities.

For more information about the SpringWatch campaign visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/springwatch