Police increase foot patrols on estates in bid to stamp out crime

There will be more bobbies on the beat as police aim to reassure residents and tackle crime.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:08 pm

Foot patrols are being stepped up on key estates across Skelmersdale to show people that neighbourhood and response teams will act on any intelligence received.

Both uniform and plain clothes officers will be out and about on foot focusing on issues such as anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, motorbike nuisance and criminal damage.

So far one e-scooter has been seized, vehicles have been identified as linked to drug dealing and a car failed to stop for police for driving offences.

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Police are stepping up foot patrols

Sgt Paul Mulrooney said: “This type of proactive foot patrol is something I am extremely keen to implement in Skelmersdale and other parts of West Lancashire moving forward. Foot patrols allow for more dialogue with the community and lets police hear the challenges people are facing in their local areas. Members of the public shouldn’t be alarmed as this will be a regular occurrence.

“We’ve already received information and have taken action on what the public have told us. We want people to continue to provide us with information so we can make Skelmersdale a safer place to live and work. This is part of our ongoing commitment to reassure and engage with the communities of West Lancashire.”

Residents can have their say on what matters to them most in their areas by completing the Lancashire Talking survey.Alternatively, report crimes by calling 101, going online or by phoning charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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