Anti-social behaviour blitz joy

Insp Dave Johnson
Insp Dave Johnson
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POLICE are claiming major successes in the battle against anti-social behaviour in a Wigan community.

Throughout June, officers from the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team ran an operation to target nuisance youth problems in the area.

The operation focused on the area of Platt Bridge and included high visibility patrols and offering diversionary activities for young people. The crackdown saw a 60 per cent reduction in incidents.

During the operation, two people were arrested for theft and possession of a controlled drug.

Juvenile contact cards were issued to 18 young people and were followed up with an advisory letter to their parents. Six “direction to leave” notices were issued to people causing antisocial behaviour, and 11 young people were identified as ringleaders and officers visited their homes to discuss any issues with parents.

Officers joined Trading Standards to visit eight licensed premises who were advised about responsible retailing of alcohol.

Sgt Dave Johnston (pictured) said: “I am really pleased that my team has been able to deliver such a good result, as it means that the quality of life of our community is improved.

“We take a robust approach to antisocial behaviour at all times and people who engage in this need to beware.

“We not only deal with the incident as it’s happening, but we follow up with landlords to take appropriate action against tenants causing antisocial behaviour in and around their homes – we will have people evicted from the area if needed.”