Positive results from new yob clampdown in Wigan

Operation Bluefin has seen a reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents taking place in the borough

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:13 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:14 pm

A crackdown on anti-social youths in Wigan is already yielding results.

Wigan police and the council launched Operation Bluefin in March to provide increased public reassurance and tackle the problem in the areas of most concern.

Since then, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Targeted Youth Support Services (TYSS) have patrolled locations across the borough.

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Police have increased patrols

These include in Swinley, Whelley, Whitley, Scholes, Wigan town centre and Mesnes Park. Mounted officers from the Greater Manchester Police Specialist Operations Branch have also been deployed in areas.

A total of 130 contact cards have been issued since the start of the operation on March 1. A further 120 warning letters have been issued and 30 home visits have been carried out.

And police have said the action has led to a reduction in the number of incidents taking place.

Liz Sanderson, chief inspector for partnerships and neighbourhoods in Wigan, said: “The contact card process is important in enabling police and partners to identify those involved in anti-social behaviour. Where crimes have been committed we will take robust action against those responsible and when suitable seek injunctions to help prevent further crimes.

“Since Operation Bluefin started, three young people have agreed to sign Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, one Criminal Behaviour Order has been obtained at court and one male remanded into custody due to his involvement in a number of offences.

“Acceptable Behaviour Contracts can be used to evidence anti-social behaviour in applications for future orders if necessary.”

She added: “It is important members of the public report incidents of anti-social behaviour to us directly so we can ensure our resources are deployed appropriately.”

Any reports of anti-social behaviour should be made to police on 101 or 0161 872 5050. Reports can also be made via Live Chat on the GMP website between 8am and midnight or by contacting Crimestoppers www.crimestoppers-uk.org 0800 555111 which is free. Reports can also be made at https://www.gmp.police.uk/.../report-antisocial-behaviour/

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