Agencies spring into action.
As the nights get lighter, local agencies are springing into
action to clamp down on anti-social behaviour across the
The Springwatch campaign will run throughout April and focus on
priority anti-social behaviour (asb) issues reported by
Dog fouling topped a list of concerns following a recent poll of
residents. Over 14 per cent of those polled by the St.Helens
Council Safer Communities team felt it was a major issue - so the
council will be focusing on fouling problems in local parks and
other public areas.
Flyers and posters will also be distributed to hot-spot areas,
highlighting the impact of different types of anti social behaviour
- and carrying information on how to report them.
The campaign will also target traditional problems, such as off
road vehicle nuisance, litter, fires and neighbourhood nuisance.
But it will also raise awareness of security and reducing the
possibility of break-ins and thefts from allotment sheds.
St.Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection
and Safer Communities, Councillor Richard McCauley said: "We
usually experience problems as the clocks go foward, with people
taking advantage of lighter nights to spend more time outside.
"But 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."
Police Inspector Paul Holden added: "Riding any off-road vehicle
on public land, parks, pavements, waste ground or footpaths in St.
Helens is illegal."
"If you're using a motor vehicle that's causing - or is likely
to cause - alarm, distress or annoyance to others, your vehicle
will be seized."
The SpringWatch campaign is organised by St Helens Council and
its Community Safety Partners - including Merseyside Police,
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and local housing
Last year the campaign saw a 23 per cent reduction in all forms
of anti-social behaviour across St Helens, with 177 fewer incidents
reported in April 2012 compared to the previous year.
The campaign will also see young people encouraged to take part
in a wide range of activities provided by St Helens Council's Youth
Service. For more information visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/yaz.
To report anti-social behaviour call Merseyside Police on 101 or
contact St.Helens Council Anti-Social Behaviour Unit via the
Council's Contact Centre on 01744 676789.
Springwatch…Councillor Richard McCauley (back row,
centre) with members of the St Helens Community Safety Partnership,
including representatives from the council's Trading Standards and
Safer Communities teams, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service,
Merseyside Police and re:new at the launch of the Springwatch